Aspects of Multilingualism in European Language History

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| University of Hamburg
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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.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Kurt Braunmüller and Gisella Ferraresi
1–13
Oceano vox: You never know where a ship comes from: On multilingualism and language-mixing in medieval Britain
David Trotter
15–33
Language contact and billingualism in Flensburg in the middle of the 19th century
Elin Fredsted
35–59
Written and spoken languages in Bergen in the Hanse era
Agnete Nesse
61–84
Vyborg: Free trade in four languages
Marika Tandefelt
85–104
Dialect and language contacts on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania from the 15th century until 1939
Björn Wiemer
105–143
Swedish and Swedish: On the origin of diglossia and social variation in the Swedish language
Lars Wollin
145–171
Did Latin influence German word order?: Aspects of German-Latin bilingualism in the Late Middle Ages
Diana Chirita
173–200
From unity to diversity in Romance syntax: Portuguese and Spanish
Ana Maria Martins
201–233
Sardinian between maintenance and change
Rosita Schjerve-Rindler
235–260
Language contact and Maltese intonation: Some parallels with other language varieties
Alexandra Vella
261–283
Index
285–289
“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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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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