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Author Adams, J. N. (James Noel)
Title Bilingualism and the Latin language / J.N. Adams.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Author Adams, J. N. (James Noel)
Subject Latin language -- Foreign elements.
Languages in contact -- Rome -- History -- To 500.
Latin language -- Influence on foreign languages.
Latin language -- Foreign words and phrases.
Bilingualism -- Rome -- History -- To 1500.
Code switching (Linguistics) -- Rome.
Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 836 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 767-804) and indexes.
Contents 1. Introduction -- I. Introductory remarks; some issues in the study of bilingualism -- II. Bilingualism -- III. Elite and sub-elite bilingualism: anecdotal evidence and its shortcomings -- IV. Romans, Greeks and others as language learners -- V. Code-switching, interference and borrowing -- VI. A further note on loan-words -- VII. Sources of information -- VIII. The authorship of inscriptions -- IX. Pidgins and 'reduced' languages -- X. Some concluding remarks. App. Attitudes to the Greek accent in Latin -- 2. Languages in Contact with Latin -- I. Introduction -- II. Oscan, Umbrian, Venetic, Messapic -- III. Etruscan -- IV. Celtic (Gaulish) -- V. Punic -- VI. Libyan, Berber -- VII. Aramaic.
Summary Since the 1980s, bilingualism has become one of the main themes of sociolinguistics - but there are as yet few large-scale treatments of the subject specific to the ancient world. This book is the first work to deal systematically with bilingualism during a period of antiquity (the Roman period, down to about the fourth century AD) in the light of sociolinguistic discussions of bilingual issues. The general theme of the work is the nature of the contact between Latin and numerous other languages spoken in the Roman world. Among the many issues discussed three are prominent: code-switching (the practice of switching between two languages in the course of a single utterance) and its motivation, language contact as a cause of change in one or both of the languages in contact, and the part played by language choice and language switching in the establishment of personal and group identities.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0511042736 (electronic bk.)
9780511042737 (electronic bk.)
9780511482960 (electronic bk.)
0511482965 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 56352126
Additional Format Print version: Adams, J.N. (James Noel). Bilingualism and the Latin language. New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003 0521817714 (DLC) 2002019278 (OCoLC)48966834

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