Aspects of Multilingualism in European Language History

Kurt Braunmüller | University of Hamburg
Gisella Ferraresi | University of Hamburg
ISBN 9789027219220 (Eur) | EUR 70.00
ISBN 9781588114464 (USA) | USD 105.00
ISBN 9789027296016 | EUR 70.00 | USD 105.00
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This volume gives an up-to-date account of various situations of language contact and multilingualism in Europe especially from a historical point of view. Its ten contributions present newly collected data from different parts of the continent seen through diverse theoretical perspectives. They show a richness of topics and data that not only reveal numerous historical and sociological facts but also afford considerable insight into possible effects multilingualism and language contact might have on language change. The collection begins its journey through Europe in the British Isles. Then it turns to northern Europe and looks at how multilingualism worked in three towns that are all marked by border and contact situations. The journey continues with linguistic-historical and political-historical visits to Sweden and to Lithuania before the reader is taken to central Europe, where we will deal with the influence of Latin on written German. As far as southern Europe is concerned, the study continues on the Iberian peninsula, where the relationship between Portuguese and Spanish is focused, to be followed by Sardinia and Malta, two islands whose unique geohistorical positions give rise to some consideration of multilingualism in the Mediterranean.
[Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism, 2] 2003.  viii, 291 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Scholars of language contact and mulitlingualism will find this collection of articles very useful and informative. It is very laudable that diachrony is paid the attention it truly deserves. Hopefully, the book under review marks the beginning of the intensification of research on language contact and multlingualism in the past.”
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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