Suleh, Everlyn Oluoch and Osuji, Gregory Ekene (Rev. Br) (2017) MULTILINGUALISM AND ITS CONTRIBUTION TO SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. CUEA PRESS The Catholic University of Eastern Africa P.O. Box 62157, 00200 City Square Nairobi-Kenya. ISBN 978-9966-015-60-0

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Overview of Multilingualism The movement of people into different urban areas has an effect on language in that new dialects are formed through a process known as koineisation. Trudgill (1998) explains that koineisation is composed of the mixing of elements from different dialects, followed by levelling, which refers to a process whereby, in a dialect mixture situation, those elements disappear which are marked either universally or in terms of the particular language undergoing koineisation. He adds that through koineisation, new varieties of a language are brought about because of contact between speakers of mutually intelligible varieties of that language. Typically, this occurs in new settlements to which people, for whatever reason, have migrated from different parts of a single language area. Typical examples are what we know today as new dialects or immigrant koines. A variety of languages was birthed into the world in the 19th and 20th centuries. The major population movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries where people were shipped from the Indian subcontinent to work as indentured labourers in the European colonies resulted in new varieties of Indian languages.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2020 11:16
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