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Language contact (LC) across ethnic boundaries in the Language situation of the Chittagong Hill Tract in Bangladesh

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This paper reveals the LC phenomena and their outcomes, such as language maintenance, the creation of new contact languages, i.e., pidgins and creoles, and the acquisition and integration into a dominant L2 in the changing language contact situation of CHT.


This study has been done in the framework of LC theory, which posits that, as languages influence one another, their speakers interact in socio-economic conditions created by political maneuvers (Winford, 2002). As such, LC occurs at language borders, between adstratum languages (e.g., Assamese and Bangla), or through migration, with an intrusive language acting as either a superstratum or a substratum. Through this LC theory, we can observe the dynamism of LC and its potential induced effects in regions such as the CHT. Accordingly, LC occurs through political maneuvers predicated on economic and social systems.

Razaul Karim Faquire

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This page is a summary of: Language contact across ethnic boundaries, Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, August 2022, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/japc.00089.faq.
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