contact linguistics, a substratum (lat. "sub": "under" + "stratum": "layer" → "lower layer") is a languagethat influences another one while that second, intrusive, language supplants it. Similarly, a superstratum is an intrusive language that exerts influence on another language. An adstratum refers to a language that is in contact with another language in a neighbour population without either identifiably having higher or lower prestige.
Thus, both terms refer to a situation where an intrusive language establishes itself in the territory of another, typically as the result of
migration. Whether the superstratum (the local language persists and the intrusive language disappears) or the substratum (the local language disappears and the intrusive language persists) case applies will normally only be evident after several generations , during which the intrusive language exists within a diasporaculture. In order for the intrusive language to persist ("substratum" case), the immigrant population will either need to take the position of a political eliteor immigrate in significant numbers relative to the local population. (i.e. the intrusion qualifies as an invasionor colonisation, an example would be the Roman Empiregiving rise to Romance languagesoutside of Italy, displacing Gaulish)
The "superstratum" case refers to elite populations which eventually adopt the local language (an example would be the
Burgundiansand Franksin France, who eventually abandoned their Germanic dialects in favour of Romance).
The term is also used of substrate interference, i.e. the influence exerted by the substratum language on the supplanting language. According to some classifications, this is one of three main types of linguistic interference: substratum interference differs from both
adstratum, which involves mutual borrowing between languages of roughly equal prestige and no language replacement, and superstratum, which refers to the influence a socially dominating language has on another, receding language which might be eventually relegated to the status of a substratum language.
In a typical case of substrate interference, a language A occupies a given territory, and another language B arrives in the same territory (brought, for example, with migrations of population). Then language B begins to supplant language A: the speakers of language A abandon their own language in favour of B, generally because they believe that it is in their best (e.g. economic, political, cultural, social) interests to do so. During the language shift, however, the receding language A still influences language B (for example, through the transfer of
loanwords, place-names, or grammatical patterns from A to B).
For example, Gaulish is a substratum of French. A Celtic people, the
Gauls, lived in the current French-speaking territory before the arrival of the Romans. Given the cultural, economic and political prestige which Latinenjoyed, the Gauls eventually abandoned their language in favour of Latin, which evolved in this region until eventually it took the form of Modern French. The Gaulish speech disappeared, but it remains detectable in some French words (approximately ninety) as well as place-names of Gaulish origin.
Another example is the influence of the
North Germanic Norn language, extinct since the 18th century, on the Scots dialects of the Shetland and Orkney Islands.
Linguistic substrata may be difficult to detect, especially if the substratum language and its nearest relatives are extinct. For example, the earliest form of the
Germanic languagesmay have been influenced by a non-Indo-European language, purportedly the source of about one quarter of the most ancient Germanic word-stock; see " Germanic substrate hypothesis". Creole languages typically have multiple substrata, rarely homogeneous ones.
The term was coined by Walter von Wartburg.
Substrate in Vedic Sanskrit
Germanic substrate hypothesis
linguistics, a superstratum or superstrate is the counterpart to a substratum. When one languagesucceeds another, the former is termed the superstratum and the latter the substratum. In the case of French, for example, Vulgar Latinis the superstrate and Gaulic is the substrate.
It is also used to describe an imposed linguistic element, akin to what English underwent after 1066 with Norman. The
Neo-Latinand Neo-Greekcoinages adopted by European languages (and now, languages worldwide) to describe scientific topics (anatomy, medicine, botany, zoology, all the '- ology' words, etc.) can also be termed a superstratum, although for this last, adstratumwould be a better choice.The term adstratum refers to a languagewhich is equal in prestigeto another. Generally the term is used only when speaking about languages in a particular country or geopolitical region. For example, early in England's history, English and Norse had an adstratal relationship.
The phenomenon is relatively rare today, since modern nations generally have only one dominant language (often corresponding to the
dialectof the capital). In India, where dozens of languages are widespread, many could be said to share an adstratal relationship, although Hindiis certainly dominant in North India. A more accurate example would be the situation in Belgium, where the French and Dutch languages have roughly the same status, and could justifiably be called adstrates.
The term adstratum is also used to identify systematic influences or a layer of borrowings in a given language from another language where the two languages coexist as separate entities. Many modern languages have an appreciable adstratum from English. The
Neo-Latinand Neo-Greekcoinages adopted by European languages (and now, languages worldwide) to describe scientific topics (anatomy, medicine, botany, zoology, all the '- ology' words, etc.) can also justifiably be called adstrata.
*Current result language – Substratum (Superstratum)
**French – Gaulish (Latin)Fact|date=May 2008
Indian English– various Indian languages (substrate), especially Hindi (English)
Irish English– Irish Gaelic (English)
Jamaican English– African languages ( British English)
Haitian Creole– Taíno, African languages (French)
**Chavacano – pre-existing Filipino languages (Spanish) (arguably adstrata)
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*Fréderic H. Jungemann, 1955. "La teoría del substrato y los dialectos hispano-romances y gascones". Madrid.
*John Victor Singler, 1983. "The influence of African languages on pidgins and creoles." "Current Approaches to African Linguistics (vol.2)", ed. by J. Kaye "et al.", 65-77. Dordrecht.
*John Victor Singler, 1988. "The homogeneity of the substrate as a factor in pidgin/creole genesis." "Language" 64.27-51.
Indo-Aryan superstrate in Mitanni
Substrate in Vedic Sanskrit
Germanic substrate hypothesis
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