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A Linguistic Introduction

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  • Date Published: November 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521023306
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  • Romani is a language of Indo-Aryan origin which is spoken in Europe by the people known as "Gypsies"--who usually refer to themselves as Rom. There are more than 3.5 million speakers, and their language has attracted increasing interest from scholars as well as language planners in governments and other organizations during the past ten years. This book is the first comprehensive overview in English of Romani, its structure, history, typology and dialects. It will provide an indispensable reference work for all interested in this fascinating language.

    • The first comprehensive overview of the linguistics of Romani available in English
    • The first thorough modern analysis of Romani dialects and typology
    • Of interest to general linguists, Indo-Aryanists, and those interested in sociolinguistics and language planning
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    "Matras...has planted on the sands a massive boulder of contribution to knowledge that will not be swept away by any tides." American Journal of Sociology

    "The book will be of tremendous use to a broad range of scholars -- not only linguists but also social scientists and other students in various humanistic disciplines. There is nothing like it available in any language, and it fills a pressing need." Romani Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521023306
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.457kg
    • contains: 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Romani dialects: a brief overview
    3. Historical and linguistic origins
    4. Descriptive phonology
    5. Nominal forms and categories
    6. Verb morphology
    7. Syntactic typology
    8. Grammatical borrowing
    9. Dialect classification
    10. Romani sociolinguistics
    11. Language planning and codification.

  • Author

    Yaron Matras, University of Manchester
    Yaron Matras is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Manchester. His research interests include the interface of linguistic typology, discourse pragmatics and language processing and language change, as well as multilingualism and dialects. He has published widely on the linguistics of Romani and on language contact. His books include Language Contact (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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