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Nikolaos Lavidas and Ianthi Maria Tsimpli

Turkish and Pomak, and probably a grammatical influence too (the examination of this influence is one of the aims of this study). The borrowing is evident, for instance, in the list of loan verbs from Turkish in the mg Thracian dialect of Evros. In (1), we present indicative examples from Sufli (Evros

Sarah Thomason

’—i.e., ‘it cannot happen’—rather than in the much more flexible “constraint” of the sort popularized by Optimality Theory.) The structure of the paper is as follows. After reviewing a few of the critics’ most important criticisms (§2), I will set the stage for my own analysis in §3, by presenting a

Patience Epps

1. Introduction Morphologically complex forms present particular challenges in reconstructing the history of a language. A familiar illustration is Bloomfield’s (1946) ‘reconstruction’ of a term for ‘whisky’ in Proto-Central Algonquian, *eškoteewaapoowi, literally ‘fire-water’. The expected

Salikoko S. Mufwene

not lexified by European languages. In my postscript in the volume, I especially expressed my disappointment with the fact that only the editors’ Introduction really discusses complexity, though the other chapters provide a lot of information that dispute McWhorter’s claim. The present volume

Rusty Barrett

-induced changes involving aspectual marking, person marking, quantification, numerical classifiers, word order, and the agent focus construction. The chapter concludes by bringing together the evidence for considering the lowland Maya region as a linguistic area. The following four chapter present detailed

Patience Epps, John Huehnergard and Na’ama Pat-El

, and identifies a set of common concerns and avenues for future research. The papers in the present issue of the Journal of Language Contact were first presented at a symposium at the University of Texas at Austin, on April 21-22, 2012. They represent different approaches and inevitably offer

Victor A. Friedman

worth noting here that in his preface, Matras (xiv) states: “I sincerely hope that the fi ndings presented in this study will equally be of interest and benefi t to our consultants and their families and community.” Th is, too, is a topic to which we shall return below, but it can be stated at the outset

Robert Nicolaï

on presenting the results; we also endeavour to offer a platform for scholarly debate, especially with regard to unsolved questions, creating an opening for addressing controversies and offering arguments pro and con. In the same spirit, we encourage publication of critical review articles. These

Zygmunt Frajzyngier

The aim of this review article is to present McWhorter’s book; pose a few questions; and to provide a different metric for the title theme of this book, the notion of simplicity and complexity. This review will not attempt to referee disputes between McWhorter and opposing creolists, of which

Anna Babel

undergone diff erent semiotic processes. I propose that contact features are distributed over speech contexts as a result of their partici- pation in this semiotic fi eld. Th e data I present in support of this point are divided into two parts. In the fi rst part, I describe the distribution of a group of