Romani: A Linguistic Introduction by Yaron MatrasRomani: A Linguistic Introduction by Yaron Matras

Romani: A Linguistic Introduction

byYaron Matras

Paperback | November 24, 2005

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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.
Yaron Matras is Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Manchester. He has published numerous articles in academic journals on various aspects of language contact, linguistic typology, descriptive linguistics and sociolinguistics of Kurdish, Domari, Turkish, German dialects, and other languages. He has also published extensively o...
Title:Romani: A Linguistic IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:November 24, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521023300

ISBN - 13:9780521023306

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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.

Editorial Reviews

"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