LINGUIST List 32.2605

Mon Aug 09 2021

Books: Between Separation and Symbiosis: Sobolev (ed.)

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Date: 29-Jul-2021
From: Birgit Sievert <>
Subject: Between Separation and Symbiosis: Sobolev (ed.)
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Title: Between Separation and Symbiosis
Subtitle: South Eastern European Languages and Cultures in Contact
Series Title: Language Contact and Bilingualism
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Andrey N. Sobolev
Electronic: ISBN: 9781501509254 Pages: 328 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9781501516641 Pages: 328 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

The book deals in detail with previously understudied language contact settings in the Balkans (South East Europe) that present a continuum between ethnic and linguistic separation and symbiosis among groups of people. The studies in this volume achieve several aims: they critically assess the Balkan Sprachbund theory; they analyse general contact theories against the background of new, original, representative field and historical Greek, Albanian, Romance, Slavic and Judesmo data; they employ and contribute to recent methods of research on linguistic convergence in bilingual societies; they propose new general assessments of extra- and intralinguistic factors of Balkanization over the centuries; and they outline prospects for future research. The factors relevant to contact scenarios and linguistic change in the Balkans are identified and typologized through models such as those related to a balanced or unbalanced (socio)linguistic situation.

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Areal Regions: Balkans

Written In: English (eng)

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