LINGUIST List 13.167

Tue Jan 22 2002

Books: Romani Language

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  1. Joyce Reid, Romani Language: Romani by Yaron Matras

Message 1: Romani Language: Romani by Yaron Matras

Date: 16 Jan 2002 15:19:27 +0800
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Romani Language: Romani by Yaron Matras

A Linguistic Introduction

Yaron Matras, University of Manchester, UK

Romani is a language of Indo-Aryan origin which is spoken in Europe by
the people known as "Gypsies"--who usually refer to themselves as
Rom. There are more than 3.5 million speakers, and their language has
attracted increasing interest from scholars as well as language
planners in governments and other organizations during the past ten
years. This book is the first comprehensive overview in English of
Romani, its structure, history, typology and dialects. It will provide
an indispensable reference work for all interested in this fascinating


1. Introduction; 
2. Romani dialects: A brief overview; 
3. Historical and linguistic origins; 
4. Descriptive phonology; 
5. Nominal forms and categories;
6. Verb morphology; 
7. Syntactic typology; 
8. Grammatical borrowing; 
9. Dialect classification; 
10.Romani sociolinguistics.

2002/c. 280 pp./50 figures/10 maps

0-521-63165-3/Hb/List: $60.00*

Cambridge University Press
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Thursday, January 17, 2002