Migration and Language Change

  • Jacob S. Siegel


The volume and direction of migration, the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the migrants, the causes of migration, and the consequences for the origin and destination areas are central interests of demographers, as they are for some sociolinguists and linguistic anthropologists. The history of humans from earliest times to the present has been characterized by virtually continuous migration of masses of people moving from one area to another for economic and a variety of other reasons. Migration between nations has become especially common in recent decades. The increase in the volume of migration has been accompanied by an increase in public and professional interest in the subject, considered both with respect to the social and economic characteristics of the migrants and their motivations and patterns of integration into the host societies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob S. Siegel
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  1. 1.North BethesdaUSA

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