LINGUIST List 10.1035

Mon Jul 5 1999

Books: Indo-European Languages

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Indo-European languages: Romanes, D. Holzinger

Message 1: Indo-European languages: Romanes, D. Holzinger

Date: Thu, 01 Jul 1999 15:31:36 +0200
Subject: Indo-European languages: Romanes, D. Holzinger

Daniel Holzinger, University of Klagenfurt

The language of the Sinte (called Romanes by its speakers) is one of the
Romani (Gypsy) languages. It belongs to the Indo-Aryan branch of
Indo-European. Romanes (Sinte) is spoken by about 100.000 - 200.000
people mainly in W-Europe: Germany, France (Manu), Netherlands,
Belgium, Austria, N-Italy and N-Yugoslavia. The Sinte were the first
Gypsies to arrive in W-Europe about 500 years ago. Most of them are
semi-nomadic travelling around in summer time to earn their living.
	Due to the long stay in a German speaking environment, the Sinte
language (esp. the syntax) is quite strongly influenced by German. The
morphology however is still intact. Most of the Sinte people use their
language. As a minority language it has a strong group defining
function. Since it is very hard for gadze (non-gypsies) to gain access
to Romanes, the linguistic description at hand is quite a rarity.
	The sketch contains a short phonological and syntactic description and
concentrates rather on morphology and features of narrative texts
(aspects, word order, discourse markers, participant tracking). The
grammatical description contains text samples in interlinear and free
ISBN 3 89586 017 4. 
Languages of the World/Materials 105. 
52 pp. USD 32.50 / DM 49.30 / pound sterling 19.90. 2nd printing 1999.

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