Bilingualism and the Latin Language
By (author) J. N. Adams
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Bilingualism and the Latin Language by J. N. Adams
Book DescriptionSince 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521731515
(228mm x 152mm x 44mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. N. Adams
Early and Late Latin, Hardback (October 2016)
This book focuses on the continuity between the documented stages in the history of Latin and its development into Romance.
Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC-AD 900, Hardback (September 2016)
This book illustrates the changing character of Latin over 1000 years, through detailed linguistic commentaries on fifty passages, all translated.
Social Variation and the Latin Language, Paperback (September 2016)
Major history of many of the developments undergone by the Latin language as it changed into Romance languages.
Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC - AD 600, Paperback (October 2014)» View all books by J. N. Adams
This book, first published in 2007, is a comprehensive examination of regional diversification in Latin from the earliest beginnings to late antiquity.
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Author Biography - J. N. Adams
J. N. Adams is a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford and a Fellow of the British Academy. He was previously Professor of Latin at the Universities of Manchester and Reading.
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