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Open Access Why Languages and Contacts?

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Why Languages and Contacts?

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Contacts of human beings using the available codes in definable contact communication situations/models is analytically distinguished from interference of language systems; the former being the object of the anthropology of communication, the latter being in the focus of linguistics. An attempt at a typology is presented for both complexes, in this paper.

Contacts of speakers are classified according to their intensity/quantity, their quality, and their stratification. Interference types of language systems are classified in terms of their intensity/quantity, and their quality. These general typologies are illustrated by data available from different contact and interference areas and/or language structures current in Europe or Sub-Saharan Africa.


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