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This introductory chapter of the book Questioning Language Contact involves linguistic, anthropological, sociological, historical, and cognitive factors, but also potentially a critical approach to methods used for the study of these phenomena. This implies paying particular attention to epistemological frameworks as they reshape the requirements for knowledge in this field. Such is the undertaking of the QLC project. Academic establishments in English speaking world customarily produce what they call handbooks, less common in French speaking world. In academia, handbooks claim to present what their specialist authors consider the state of the art in a given field. The goal is a synthesis on an academically recognized subject and, ideally, handbooks summarize current debate on the subject and include bibliographical resources for further reading. The goal of handbooks is to delimit a field of study by covering it as thoroughly as possible through a comprehensive overview, not to present novel results.

Keywords: academic establishments; bibliographical resources; epistemological frameworks; handbooks; QLC project



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