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Matras, Yaron 1963-

Overview
Works: 69 works in 351 publications in 2 languages and 16,914 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Bibliography  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: PK2896, 909.0491497
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Most widely held works by Yaron Matras
Romani : a linguistic introduction by Yaron Matras( )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and held by 1,715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Romani is a language of Indo-Aryan origin that is spoken in Europe by people known as gypsies (who usually refer to themselves as Rom). There are upwards of 3.5 million speakers of Romani. This book discusses the historical and linguistic origins of the Romani-speaking population. It examines in-depth the changes in the sound system, grammatical structure, and lexicon that led to the formation of Proto-Romani and Early Romani. The book surveys current issues in the study of Romani by examining the phonology, morphology, syntactic typology, and patterns of grammatical borrowing in the language, drawing on a comparative survey of the principal dialects. It offers a new model of dialect classification, describes the sociolinguistic situation of Romani, examines its contribution to other languages and slangs, and discusses recent and current codification attempts as well as changes in function and status. The 11 chapters are the following: (1) "Introduction"; (2) "Romani Dialects: a Brief Overview"; (3) "Historical and Linguistic Origins"; (4) "Descriptive Phonology"; (5) "Nominal Forms and Categories"; (6) "Verb Morphology"; (7) "Syntactic Typology"; (8) "Grammatical Borrowing"; (9) "Dialect Classification"; (10) "Romani Sociolinguistics"; and (11) "Language Planning and Codification." (Contains 9 figures, 10 tables, and approximately 450 references.) (Sm)
Contact languages : a comprehensive guide by Yaron Matras( )

17 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume deals with several types of contact languages: pidgins, creoles, mixed languages, and multi-ethnolects. it also approaches contact languages from two perspectives: an historical linguistic perspective, more specifically from a viewpoint of genealogical linguistics, language descent and linguistic family tree models; and a sociolinguistic perspective, identifying specific social contexts in which contact languages emerge. [Publisher's note]
Grammatical relations in Romani : the noun phrase by International Conference on Romani Linguistics( )

14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 1,473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first typologically-oriented collection on Romani that is devoted to a particular thematic domain - that of noun phrase grammar. The approach taken is unique in that it places this typologically hybrid language in the centre of a general linguistic, universal discussion of the relevant noun phrase phenomena. The book is also the first assembly of articles to deal with Romani as a whole on the basis of cross-dialectal samples, offering areal-typological, dialectological, and historicalinterpretations. The individual contributions discuss morphological and syntactic aspects of nominal and pronominal inflection, definite articles, demonstratives, genitive compounding, external possession, pronominal object doubling and morphosyntactic alignment. Contributors include leading experts in the fields of noun phrase grammar, Romani dialectologists, typologists and historical linguists
Romani in contact : the history, structure, and sociology of a language by Yaron Matras( )

17 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays focuses on historical, structural, lexical, and sociological aspects of Romani and its regional variations. The focus is primarily but not exclusively on oral language. Essays include: "On Typological Changes and Structural Borrowing in the History of European Romani" (Vit Bubenik); "On the Migration and Affiliation of the Domba: Iranian words in Rom, Lom and Dom Gypsy" (Ian Hancock); "Plagiarism and Lexical Orphans in the European Romani Lexicon" (Anthony Grant); "Interdialectal Interference in Romani" (Norbert Boretzky); "Verb Evidentials and Their Discourse Function in Vlach Romani Narratives" (Yaron Matras); "Notes on the Genesis of Calo and other Iberian Para-Romani Varieties" (Peter Bakker); Romani Lexical Items in Colloquial Romanian" (Corinna Leschber); "Romani Standardization and Status in the Republic of Macedonia" (Victor A. Friedman); and "Trial and Error in Written Romani on the Pages of Romani Periodicals" (Milena Hubschmannova). (Mse)
Romani in Britain : the afterlife of a language by Yaron Matras( )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Romani is one of Britain's oldest and most established minority languages. Brought to the country by Romani immigrants from continental Europe in the sixteenth century or even earlier, it was spoken in its old, inflected form as a family and community language until the second half of the nineteenth century, when it yielded to English. But even after its decline as the everyday language of English and Welsh Gypsies, Romani continues to survive in the form of a vocabulary that is used to express an 'emotive mode' of communication among group members. This book examines British Romani in its historical context and in its present-day form, drawing on recordings and interviews with speakers. It documents the Romani vocabulary and its usage patterns in conversation, offering insight into the processes of language death and language revitalization. The volume includes an extensive lexicon of Angloromani as a helpful reference
The typology and dialectology of Romani by Yaron Matras( )

19 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 1,396 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers on typology and dialects of the Romani language include: "Athematic Morphology in Romani: The Borrowing of a Borrowing Pattern" (Peter Bakker); "Towards a Morphology-Based Typology of Romani" (Viktor Elsik); "The Typology of Case Relations and Case Layer Distribution in Romani" (Yaron Matras); "Object Doubling in Romani and the Balkan Languages" (Vit Bubenik); "Suppletive Forms of the Romani Copula: 'ovel/avel" (Norbert Boretzky); "Causatives in Slovak ad Hungarian Romani" (Milena Hubschmannova, Bubenik); "The Romani Dialect of the Rhodopes" (Birgit Igla); "The Dialect of the Basket-Weavers (Sepecides) of Izmir" (Petra Cech, Mozes F. Heinschink); "Linguistic Form and Content in the Romani-language Press of the Republic of Macedonia" (Victor A. Friedman); and "George Borrow's Romani" (Ian F. Hancock). Contents are indexed. (Mse)
Bibliography of modern Romani linguistics : including a guide to Romani linguistics by Peter Bakker( )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,315 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interest in Romani, the language of the Roma or "Gypsies", has grown considerably in recent years. Romani has drawn attention from a.o. grammarians, sociolinguists, Indologists, language contact researchers, language planners, educators, typologists and historical linguists. This Indic language is spoken by between five and ten million people world-wide. The bibliography also covers two other Indic languages spoken by peripatetic groups, Dom or Domari from the Middle East, and Lomavren or Bosha of Eastern Turkey and Armenia. The bibliography contains over 2500 titles in more than thirty lang
Markedness and language change : the Romani sample by Viktor Elšik( )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 1,240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description: The book challenges the conventional notion of Markedness- a very central albeit controversial concept in linguistic theory. The authors investigate the structural representation of a selection of semantic categories in a sample of some 100 varieties of Romani, which have been separated and dispersed throughout Europe during the past six centuries. Generalizations are made on the kind of structural changes that are attested in the sample, and the extent to which certain semantic-conceptual values are found to be 'marked' or 'unmarked', following a series of criteria, and a new, 'dynamic' model of Markedness is proposed. Special attention is given to grammatical borrowing and the role of language contact in language change
Grammatical borrowing in cross-linguistic perspective( )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 1,120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book contains 30 descriptive chapters dealing with a specific language contact situation. The chapters follow a uniform organisation format, being the narrative version of a standard comprehensive questionnaire previously distributed to all authors. The questionnaire targets systematically the possibility of contact influence / grammatical borrowing in a full range of categories. The uniform structure facilitates a comparison among the chapters and the languages covered. The introduction describes the setup of the questionnaire and the methodology of the approach, along with a survey of the difficulties of sampling in contact linguistics. Two evaluative chapters, each authored by one of the co-editors, draws general conclusions from the volume as a whole (one in relation to borrowed grammatical categories and meaningful hierarchies, the other in relation to the distribution of Matter and Pattern replication)
The Romani Gypsies by Yaron Matras( )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 991 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gypsies" have lived among Europeans since the Middle Ages. Yet Roms still seem exotic to Westerners, who often rely on fictional depictions for what they know, or think they know, about this much-misunderstood people. The Romani Gypsies challenges stereotypes that have long been the unwelcome travel companions of this community in Europe and the New World. Yaron Matras offers an account of who the Roms are, how they live today, and how they have survived over centuries. Descendants of Indian migrants, Roms began moving into western Europe in the 1300s, refugees of a collapsing Byzantine Empire. By the 1500s they had spread throughout Europe, working as itinerant smiths and toolmakers, healers and entertainers, and would soon reach the Americas. Often described as Egyptian -- hence the name Gypsies -- they were ostracized as beggars, vilified as criminals, respected as artisans, and idealized as free spirits. They have been both enslaved and protected, forced to settle down and forcibly expelled, in a pattern of manipulation and persecution that persists in our own time. Matras draws on decades of first-hand research into Romani life to explain the organization of Romani society, its shared language, history, and traditions, as well as differences among widely dispersed Romani groups. He also details the present-day dilemmas surrounding the struggle of Roms for political recognition in European countries which are, by turns, either ambivalent or openly hostile
A grammar of Domari by Yaron Matras( )

11 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The series builds an extensive collection of high quality descriptions of languages around the world. Each volume offers a comprehensive grammatical description of a single language together with fully analyzed sample texts and, if appropriate, a word list and other relevant information which is available on the language in question. There are no restrictions as to language family or area, and although special attention is paid to hitherto undescribed languages, new and valuable treatments of better known languages are also included. No theoretical model is imposed on the authors; the only criterion is a high standard of scientific quality
The mixed language debate : theoretical and empirical advances( )

20 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 605 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mixed Languages are speech varieties that arise in bilingual settings, often as markers of ethnic separateness. They combine structures inherited from different parent languages, often resulting in odd and unique splits that present a challenge to theorie
Language contact by Yaron Matras( Book )

23 editions published between 2009 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Most societies in today's world are multilingual. 'Language contact' occurs when speakers of different languages interact and their languages influence each other. This book is an introduction to the subject, covering individual and societal multilingualism, the acquisition of two or more languages from birth, second language acquisition in adulthood, language change, linguistic typology, language processing and the structure of the language faculty. It explains the effects of multilingualism on society and language policy, as well as the consequences that long-term bilingualism within communities can have for the structure of languages. Drawing on the author's own first-hand observations of child and adult bilingualism, the book provides a clear analysis of such phenomena as language convergence, grammatical borrowing, and mixed languages
Grammatical Borrowing in Cross-linguistic Perspective by Yaron Matras( )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book contains 30 descriptive chapters dealing with a specific language contact situation. The chapters follow a uniform organisation format, being the narrative version of a standard comprehensive questionnaire previously distributed to all authors. The questionnaire targets systematically the possibility of contact influence / grammatical borrowing in a full range of categories. The uniform structure facilitates a comparison among the chapters and the languages covered. The introduction describes the setup of the questionnaire and the methodology of the approach, along with a survey of th
Linguistic areas : convergence in historical and typological perspective by Yaron Matras( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What are linguistic areas? How do we identify them? Does the study of linguistic areas require particularly tailored methodologies, or are linguistic areas simply ordinary cases of contact-induced change, amplified through several sets of contact situations? These and other questions form the core of the discussion presented in this collection. The authors address issues of definition and theory of linguistic areas, analyse the process of convergence, and introduce methods to assess the impact of language contact across geographical zones. New cases studies are introduced which extend the corpus of areas described so far. They are accompanied by discussions that revisit some of the better-established linguistic areas
I met lucky people : the story of the Romani Gypsies by Yaron Matras( Book )

13 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Their own origins myths put them at the scene of the Crucifixion, deprived of a home of their own, doomed to a life of wandering, and granted by God the right to steal from other people in order to survive. In the Middle Ages, it was believed they had come out of Egypt. And yet their language shares a number of words with Greek, and has its roots in India. So who are the Romani people, really? As one of the last remaining societies in the Western hemisphere with a strictly oral culture, the Romani people have no written record of their history that can be consulted. From the early 1990s, linguist Yaron Matras has been working with the 'Rom', as they call themselves, one of a handful of people to have done so. Travelling widely in central and eastern Europe, studying their language and learning their dialects, he has witnessed their campaign for recognition. In I Met Lucky People Matras gives us the first comprehensive account of their culture, language and history. It is a story of the echoes of a rich past left in language and customs, and of how the changing fortunes of Europe throughout the centuries have been imprinted on Romani culture. The Romani people are a nation like few others: without territory, national sovereignty or formal institutions, and with no tradition of agriculture or ownership of land. As the wider global society that surrounds them struggles to define itself, what will become of the Roms? Unlike other groups who have won a measure of inclusion in recent decades, they have struggled to have their voice heard. If they are to have a future, it is time we brought our thinking about them out of the dark ages and into the modern world
Low German : (East Frisian dialect) by Yaron Matras( Book )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and German and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Open borders, unlocked cultures : Romanian Roma migrants in Western Europe by Daniele Viktor Leggio( )

12 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The book examines some of the dilemmas surrounding Europe's open borders, migrations, and identities through the prism of the Roma - Europe's most dispersed and socially marginalised population. The volume challenges some of the myths surrounding the Roma as a 'problem population', and places the focus instead on the context of European policy and identity debates. It comes to the conclusion that the migration of Roma and the constitution of their communities is shaped by European policy as much as and often more so than by the cultural traits of the Roma themselves. The chapters compare case studies of Roma migrants in Spain, Italy, France, and Britain, and the impact of migration on the origin communities in Romania. The study combines historical and ethnographic methods with insights from migration studies, drawing on a unique multi-site collaborative project that for the first time gave Roma participants a voice in shaping research into their communities."--Provided by publisher
The Romani element in non-standard speech by Yaron Matras( Book )

5 editions published in 1998 in English and German and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sprachtheorie und sprachliches Handeln : Festschrift für Jochen Rehbein zum 60. Geburtstag( Book )

8 editions published in 1999 in German and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Romani : a linguistic introduction
Covers
Grammatical relations in Romani : the noun phraseRomani in Britain : the afterlife of a languageThe typology and dialectology of RomaniBibliography of modern Romani linguistics : including a guide to Romani linguisticsMarkedness and language change : the Romani sampleGrammatical borrowing in cross-linguistic perspectiveLanguage contactLinguistic areas : convergence in historical and typological perspective
Alternative Names
Matras, Y.

Matras, Y. 1963-

Matras, Y. (Yaron), 1963-

Yaron Matras British linguist

Yaron Matras Brits taalkundige

Yaron Matras lingüista británico

Yaron Matras linguista inglese

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English (260)

German (10)