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Fri Feb 05 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: Ahland

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        1.    Brian Homoleski, Language Death in Mesmes: Ahland

Message 1: Language Death in Mesmes: Ahland
Date: 04-Feb-2010
From: Brian Homoleski <academic_bookssil.org>
Subject: Language Death in Mesmes: Ahland
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Title: Language Death in Mesmes
Series Title: Publications in Linguistics
Published: 2010
Publisher: SIL International
                http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp

Author: Michael B. Ahland
Paperback: ISBN: 1556712278 9781556712272 Pages: 155 Price: U.S. $ 25.00
Abstract:

In this book, Language Death in Mesmes, the author presents an historical
examination of sound change and other developments in the very-nearly
extinct Gurage language known as Mesmes while also considering the
linguistic and social environments in which the language has been lost. The
study provides evidence for Mesmes linguistic relatedness with the other
Gurage languages and with the Peripheral West Gurage subgroup in
particular. The account also considers the impact of phenomena related to
language loss and the linguistic effects of contact with Hadiyya, the
language to which the Mesmes people have shifted today. The comparative
work relies on previously published sources as well as unpublished field
notes and also provides the first fully annotated and interlinearized
Mesmes text. This examination underscores that historical-comparative work
may benefit from serious consideration of external, contact-related
phenomena while at the same time not compromising a commitment to shared
innovations as determined by the Comparative Method.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Hadiyya (hdy)
                            Mesmes (mys)

Written In: English (eng )

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