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From Iberian Romani to Iberian Para-Romani Varieties

Linguistic contact between Romani and Spanish, Catalan and other languages of the Iberian Peninsula began in the first half of the fifteenth century. This contact resulted in the emergence of what are known as the Para-Romani varieties—mixed languages that predominantly make use of the grammar of the surrounding language, while at least partly retaining the Romani-derived vocabulary. This book describes their evolution from the earlier, inflectional Iberian Romani and argues that this previous, fifteenth-century Iberian Romani was similar to the “Early Romani” of the Byzantine period. Based on an extensive body of language material dated between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, the book also draws attention to some language phenomena in these varieties which, until now, have not previously been described.

240 pages | 3 halftones, 25 tables | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2015

Language and Linguistics: General Language and Linguistics

Table of Contents

1. Several Notes on Romani
1.1 Proto-Romani, Early Romani, Common Romani
1.2 Classification of Romani Dialects
1.3. Para-Romani Varieties
2. Romani Languages of the Iberian Peninsula
2.1 The History of Romani Language in the Iberian Peninsula
2.2 Classification of the Iberian Romani Dialect and Diversification of Iberian Para-Romani Varieties
2.3 Present Situations of Iberian Para-Romani Varieties
3. Sources Needed when Studying Caló and Other Iberian (Para-)Romani Varieties
3.1 Introduction
3.2 The Survey of Sources
4. Linguistic Description of Iberian Para-Romani Varieties
4.1 Several Comments on Spelling and Phonetic Transcription
4.2 Phonology
4.3 Sporadic Sound Changes
4.4 Reflection on Romani Morphology in Iberian (Para-)Romani Varieties
4.5 Several Notes on Syntax
4.6 Vocabulary
Index of Languages and Linguistic Terms
Appendix: Survey of Romani Etymologies in Iberian (Para-)Romani Varieties

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