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Title: Northeastern group of Romani dialects
Author: Tenser, Anton
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2008
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Abstract:
'Northeastern' has been proposed in the literature as a group of Romani (Gypsy) dialects, comprising of Russka Roma, Polska Roma, Litovska Roma and Lotfitka Roma dialects. In addition to these, there are other smaller groups of Roma, whose speech varieties are close to the ones mentioned above. While some of the dialects have been previously described, few descriptions have been systematic, and no comprehensive comparative analysis was attempted for the Northeastern group. The aim of this thesis is two-fold. The primary objective is to describe, in a comparative ~nd uniform manner, the Romani dialects that are suggested to comprise the NE group, taking special note of changes, compared to conservative Romani, that arise as a result of contact between the NE dialects and their respective L2s. The second objective of the thesis is to assess the reality of the existence of the NE group as such - to which extent is the group coherent? What is the nature of relation of the dialects under consideration to other Romani dialects, especially the ones that are geographically close? To this end, throughout the descriptive part of the various linguistic features of the NE group are compared, both within and outside the group. The results are summarized and analyzed in the concluding chapter of this work, which argues for a nongenetic, diffusion based relation among the dialects under consideration.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Economic and Social Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.488640  DOI: Not available
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