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Title: Romani in Contact. The History, Structure and Sociology of a language
Edited By: Yaron Matras
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
Description:

A language of Indic origin heavily influenced by European idioms for many centuries now, Romani provides an interesting experimental field for students of language contact, linguistic minorities, standardization, and typology. Approaching the language as a language in contact, the volume gives expression to part of the wide range of research represented in today's field of Romani linguistics. Contributions focus on problems in typological change and structural borrowing, lexical borrowing and lexical reconstruction, the Iranian influence on the language, interdialectal interference, language mixing, Romani influences on slang and argot, grammatical categories in discourse, standardization and literacy in a multilingual community, and plagiarism of data in older sources. The authors discuss dialects spoken in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Serbia, Macedonia, Germany, Poland, and Romania, as well as related varieties in Spain and the Middle East.

Publication Year: 1996
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Typology
Subject Language(s): Romani, Sinte
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ISBN: 155619580X
ISBN-13: 9781556195808
Pages: 208
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