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Romani
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 upwards of 3.5 million speakers, and their language has attracted increasing interest both from scholars and from policy-makers in governments and other organizations during the past ten years. This 2002 book is the first comprehensive overview in English of Romani. It provides a historical linguistic introduction to the structures of Romani and its dialects, as well as surveying the phonology, morphology, syntactic typology and patterns of grammatical borrowing in the language. This book provides an essential reference for anyone 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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    • 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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