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Title: Contagious Couplings
Subtitle: Transmission of Expressives in Yiddish Echo Phrases
Written By: Mark R. V. Southern
URL: http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/C8087.aspx
Description:

Contagious Couplings, by Mark R. V. Southern, explores language contact in
the light of Uriel Weinreich's idea that expressives are an easy avenue for
contact-driven transmission. It examines the nature of colloquial-level
linguistic relationships in bilingual or semi-bilingual/coterritorial
speech communities. The origins of Yiddish shm- echo-pairs can be traced in
Turkic labial-initial grammatical particles (negative mV- and interrogative
mV-). The study considers Turkic m- collective echo-pairs' diffusion south
into Iranian (and then South Asian languages), and west into Slavic and the
Balkans. East Slavic is the final springboard for these m- echo-pairs'
passage into Eastern Yiddish in the pre-modern Ashkenazi homelands of
Eastern Europe, where they then get reshaped as shm- and reconfigured as
derogatory twins, helped by Germanic formulaic pairs and by
Yiddish-internal convergence with taboo or off-color shm- words. The
investigation highlights a series of sociolinguistic and historical
interactions between Turkic languages and their neighbors: Iranian, Slavic,
Greek and Balkan, Judezmo, Armenian, Georgian, Arabic. The book emphasizes
the role of 'meta-grammatical' features and of ludic or playful colloquial
usage as a source of linguistic transfer. Analysis of expressive language
and iconicity can complement and enrich rigorous linguistic inquiry. The
study takes its cue especially from Brian Joseph's pioneering and seminal
work on expressives and contact.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Turkish, Balkan Gagauz
Ladino
Yiddish, Eastern
Yiddish, Western
Language Family(ies): Basque
Germanic
Slavic Subgroup
Iranian
Indo-Aryan
Turkic
Armenian
Greek subgroup
Georgian
Dravidian
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Versions:
Format: Electronic
ISBN: 0313068445
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 374
Prices: U.S. $ 109.95
 
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ISBN: 0275980871
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 374
Prices: U.S. $ 99.95