On languages on islands

Joshua Nash*, Peter Bakker, Kristoffer Friis Bøegh, Aymeric Daval-Markussen, Hartmut Haberland, Dale Kedwards, John Ladhams, Carsten Levisen, Jón Símon Markússon, Joost Roger Robbe, Jeroen Willemsen

*Corresponding author

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Islands as specific research sites in their own right have been given little direct attention by linguists. The physical segregation, distinctness, and isolation of islands from mainland and continental environments may provide scholars of language with distinct and robust sets of singular and combined case studies for examining the role of islandness in any appreciation of language. Whether distinct and particular sociolinguistic and typological phenomena can be attributable to islands and their islandness and vice versa remains unexplored. This position article considers the possibility of there being anything particular and peculiar about languages spoken on islands as compared to languages spoken on mainlands and continents. It arose out of a workshop titled ‘Exploring island languages’ held at Aarhus University, Denmark on 30 April 2018. The main question posed was: Is there anything special socially, linguistically, grammatically, and typologically about the languages of islands? If so, is it possible to talk about such a thing as an island language?
TidsskriftActa Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)81-116
Antal sider36
StatusUdgivet - 2 jan. 2020
BegivenhedExploring Island Languages - Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, Aarhus, Danmark
Varighed: 30 apr. 2018 → …


KonferenceExploring Island Languages
LokationAarhus Institute of Advanced Studies
Periode30/04/2018 → …

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Important note from the Publisher regarding the attached version of the article: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Acta Linguistica Hafniensia on 27 Mar 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03740463.2020.1736747.”

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