The Typology and Dialectology of Romani

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| University of Manchester
| Aarhus Universitet
| University of Shumen
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Contributions to this collection focus on the unity and diversity of the language of the Roma (Gypsies), the only Indic language spoken exclusively in Europe. Properties discussed include the distinct inflectional and derivational patterns applied to Asian and European lexical layers, the distribution of inflectional, agglutinative, and analytic formation among syntactic categories, regularities in the ongoing shift from inflectional to analytic case formation, suppletion, aspects of syntactic convergence, and patterns of morphological transitivization and de-transitivization (causatives and passives). These phenomena are considered in the light of contemporary discussions on language universals, with reference to a variety of different approaches including Prague School Typology, Functional Sentence Perspective, Functional Grammar, functional-pragmatic typology, and general grammaticalization theory.
Chapters partly adopt a comparative approach covering all major dialects of the language, and are partly devoted to single-dialect corpuses. Special attention is given to the Czech/Slovak and Hungarian varieties, to previously undescribed dialects from Bulgaria and Turkey, to codified varieties in Macedonia, and to the variety of dialects discussed in the popular works of the Victorian author George Borrow. An extensive Introduction outlines the principal morphosyntactic features of the language and provides a classification of Romani dialects, including an overview of those mentioned in the volume.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 156]  1997.  xxxii, 223 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Peter Bakker and Yaron Matras
vii
List of abbreviations
xxxi
Athematic morphology in Romani: The borrowing of a borrowing pattern
Peter Bakker
1
Towards a morphology-based typology of Romani
Viktor Elšík
23
The typology of case relations and case layer distribution in Romani
Yaron Matras
61
Object doubling in Romani and the Balkan languages
Vit Bubenik
95
Suppletive forms of the Romani copula: ‘ovel/avel’
Norbert Boretzky
107
Causatives in Slovak and Hungarian Romani
Milena Hübschmannová and Vit Bubenik
133
The Romani dialect of the Rhodopes
Birgit Igla
147
The dialect of the Basket-Weavers (Sepečldes) of Izmir
Petra Cech and Mozes F. Heinschink
159
Linguistic form and content in the Romani-language press of the Republic of Macedonia
Victor A. Friedman
183
George Borrow's Romani
Ian F. Hancock
199
Index of names
215
Index of subjects
218
List of contributors
223
“The valuable and meritorious contents of this well-produced book should inform and enthuse other linguists working on Romani, and should encourage others to continue an impressive trend of solid Romani scholarship.”
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  97042187