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LINGUIST List 19.1339

Mon Apr 21 2008

Books: Writing Systems/Historical Ling/Socioling: Wmffre

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        1.    Christian Bieri, Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 1: Wmffre
        2.    Christian Bieri, Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 2: Wmffre


Message 1: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 1: Wmffre
Date: 18-Apr-2008
From: Christian Bieri <publicitypeterlang.com>
Subject: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 1: Wmffre
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Title: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 1
Subtitle: The Twentieth-Century Orthography War in Brittany
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 18
Published: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11364

Author: Iwan Wmffre
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113644 Pages: 520 Price: U.S. $ 131.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113644 Pages: 520 Price: Europe EURO 93.10 Comment: for Austria; incl. VAT
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113644 Pages: 520 Price: U.K. £ 55.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113644 Pages: 520 Price: Europe EURO 84.60
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113644 Pages: 520 Price: Europe EURO 90.50 Comment: for Germany; incl. VAT
Abstract:

This work is for comparative linguists and celticists who are keen to study
Breton but may be too daunted to undertake such a venture by the wide
variety of orthographical conventions which exist in Breton.

The chronological development of the Breton orthographical debates during
the twentieth century is charted along with an attempt to discern the
ideological, political and personal motivations which lay behind those
debates. Based on a substantial corpus of hitherto unpublished original
documents and personal interviews, the research throws new light on the
nature of the political, ideological and linguistic divisions of the Breton
movement of that period (not least the events that occurred during the
1939-45 war).

The historical and societal background of the language is succinctly
delineated and points of orthographical contention are discussed, each in
turn, so that their correlation to the spoken varieties of Breton can be
judged by the reader.

The work should dispel once and for all the notion - boosted by the
existing orthographical instability and variety - that Breton is too
dialectally fragmented to be studied profitably without an inordinate
amount of effort.

Contents:

The Development of Modern Breton Standards - A historical summary of the
Breton orthographic debate - Dialects and Variation - Orthographies: KLT
and the Vannetais - The origins of the ZH orthography - The establishment
of ZH - Weisgerber and Hemon: German cultural policy towards the Breton
nationalists - Wartime reactions to ZH - State teaching of Breton 1940-44 -
Retrospect on the establishment of ZH - Post-war backlash - The origins and
establishment of the H orthography - The reaction to H - The Hemon-Mordiern
letters - A time of dissension - The origins and establishment of the SS
orthography - The failure of SS - Other proposed orthographic systems since
1975 - The survival of the Vannetais standard - Ideologies: Western
Brittany against the Duchy - Nationalism against regionalism - Hemon's
anti-scholarly streak - Orthographic inflexibility - Harmful repercussions
of orthographic censorship on publishing and scholarship - The phonological
quality of - Quis custodiet custodies? - Criticism of the Breton of
native speakers - Criticism of the Breton of learners - An orthographic
quasi-monopoly: ZH since the 1980s - A clash of principles: a
supradialectal or a localised base for a norm? - Problems of
standardisation - Purism and neologisms.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Writing Systems

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=34999


Message 2: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 2: Wmffre
Date: 18-Apr-2008
From: Christian Bieri <publicitypeterlang.com>
Subject: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 2: Wmffre
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Title: Breton Orthographies and Dialects, Volume 2
Subtitle: The Twentieth-Century Orthography War in Brittany
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics. Vol. 19
Published: 2008
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11365

Author: Iwan Wmffre
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113651 Pages: 283 Price: U.S. $ 85.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113651 Pages: 283 Price: Europe EURO 60.90 Comment: for Austria; incl. VAT
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113651 Pages: 283 Price: U.K. £ 36.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113651 Pages: 283 Price: Europe EURO 55.40
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039113651 Pages: 283 Price: Europe EURO 59.30 Comment: for Germany; incl. VAT
Abstract:

This work is for comparative linguists and celticists who are keen to study
Breton but may be too daunted to undertake such a venture by the wide
variety of orthographical conventions which exist in Breton.

The chronological development of the Breton orthographical debates during
the twentieth century is charted along with an attempt to discern the
ideological, political and personal motivations which lay behind those
debates. Based on a substantial corpus of hitherto unpublished original
documents and personal interviews, the research throws new light on the
nature of the political, ideological and linguistic divisions of the Breton
movement of that period (not least the events that occurred during the
1939-45 war).

The historical and societal background of the language is succinctly
delineated and points of orthographical contention are discussed, each in
turn, so that their correlation to the spoken varieties of Breton can be
judged by the reader.

The work should dispel once and for all the notion - boosted by the
existing orthographical instability and variety - that Breton is too
dialectally fragmented to be studied profitably without an inordinate
amount of effort.

Contents:

An Analysis of Particular Spelling Conventions in Breton - Analysing the
particular spelling conventions of Breton - A note on some orthographic and
phonetic transcriptions - Spelling and pronunciation - Transcribing final
consonants - The digraph - The digraph - The consonant [w] - New
lenition, provection and leniprovection - The graphemes and - The
digraph - The vowel before nasals - The trigraph vs. the
digraph - The grapheme for [j] and palatal - The suffixes
<-añ, -iñ> - Doubling consonants - Final <-mp> - Diacritics - Elision and
word boundaries - Miscellaneous léonisms - Mimetic conventions for Breton
orthography - Appendix 1: The Mordiern letters - Appendix 2: Miscellaneous
documents - Appendix 3: Attendance records of the Carhaix Talks.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics
                            Writing Systems

Written In: English (eng )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=35000


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