Bilingualism in Ancient Society: Language Contact and the Written Text

Hardcover | November 1, 2002

EditorJ. N. Adams, Mark Janse, Simon Swain

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Bilingualism - the field of language contact - has seen an explosion of work in recent years, yet relatively little of this has focused on written texts. This volume aims to introduce classicists, ancient historians, and other scholars interested in sociolinguistic research to the evidence ofbilingualism in the ancient Mediterranean world. Language contact intruded into virtually every aspect of ancient life, and topics which have been fashionable in sociolinguistics for some time have now begun to attract the attention of scholars working in Graceo-Roman studies. The fifteen originalessays in this collection, which have been written by well-regarded experts, cover theoretical and methodological issues and key aspects of the contact between Latin and Greek and among Latin, Greek, and other languages. The collection is held together by a wide-ranging introduction which discussesthe many important topics recurring in the volume in the light of current work in classics and sociolinguistics.

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Bilingualism - the field of language contact - has seen an explosion of work in recent years, yet relatively little of this has focused on written texts. This volume aims to introduce classicists, ancient historians, and other scholars interested in sociolinguistic research to the evidence ofbilingualism in the ancient Mediterranean wo...

J.N. Adams is Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford M. Janse is Editor, Biographie Linguistique, The Hague, and Associate Professor of Greek and General Linguistics S. Swain is Professor of Classics, University of Warwick

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:494 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.22 inPublished:November 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. J. N. Adams and S. Swain: Introduction1 Introductory2. D. Langslow: Approaching Bilingualism in Corpus Languages3. K. Versteegh: Dead or Alive? the Status of the Standard Language2. Greek-Latin Bilingualism4. F. Biville: Greco-Romans and Greco-Latin: a Terminological Framework for Cases of Bilingualism5. J. N. Adams: Bilingualism at Delos6. S. Swain: Bilingualism in Cicero? The Evidence of Code-Switching7. M. Leiwo: From Contact to Mixture: Bilingual Inscriptions from Italy3. Greek and other Languages8. I. Rutherford: Interference of Translationese? Some Patterns in Lycian-Greek Bilingualism9. P. Fewster: Bilingualism in Roman Egypt10. C. Brixhe: Greek and Phrygian in the High Roman Empire11. Z. Rubin: Res Gestae Divi Saporis: Greek and Middle Iranian in a Document of Sasanian, anti-Roman propaganda12. D. Taylor: Bilingualism and Diglossia in Late Antique Syria and Mesopotamis13. M. Janse: Aspects of Bilingualism in the History of the Greek Language4. Latin and Other Languages14. P. Burton: Assessing Latin-Gothic Interaction15. P. Flobert: Latin-Frankish Bilingualism in Sixth-Century Gaul: the Latin of Clovis