Hungarian Language Contact Outside Hungary

Hungarian Language Contact Outside Hungary : Studies on Hungarian as a minority language

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In Communist times, it was impossible to do sociolinguistic work on Hungarian in contact with other languages. In the short period of time since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, Hungarian sociolinguists have certainly done their very best to catch up. This volume brings together the fruits of their work, some of which was hitherto only available in Hungarian. The reader will find a wealth of information on many bilingual communities involving Hungarian as a minority language. The communities covered in the book are located in countries neighboring Hungary (Austria, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Ukraine) as well as overseas (in Australia and the United States). Several of the chapters discuss material derived from the Sociolinguistics of Hungarian Outside Hungary project. Throughout the book, the emphasis is on how the language use of Hungarian minority speakers has been influenced by the majority or contact language, both on a sociolinguistic macro-level as well as on the micro-level. In the search for explanations, particular attention is given to typological aspects of language change under the conditions of language contact.
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  • Hardback | 425 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 31.75mm | 960g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588116301
  • 9781588116307

Table of contents

1. List of tables; 2. List of figures; 3. List of maps; 4. List of abbreviations; 5. About the authors; 6. Acknowledgements; 7. Introduction (by Fenyvesi, Anna); 8. Typological and theoretical aspects of Hungarian in contact with other languages (by Thomason, Sarah G.); 9. Contextualizing the Sociolinguistics of Hungarian Outside Hungary project (by Kontra, Miklos); 10. Hungarian in Slovakia (by Lanstyak, Istvan); 11. Hungarian in Ukraine (by Csernicsko, Istvan); 12. Hungarian in Romania (by Beno, Attila); 13. The Csangos of Romania (by Sandor, Klara); 14. Hungarian in the former Yugoslavia (Vojvodina and Prekmurje) (by Goncz, Lajos); 15. Hungarian in Austria (by Bodo, Csanad); 16. Hungarian in the United States (by Fenyvesi, Anna); 17. Hungarian in Australia (by Kovacs, Magdolna); 18. The grammars of Hungarian outside Hungary from a linguistic-typological perspective (by Groot, Casper de); 19. Bibliography; 20. Appendix: The linguistic questions of the SHOH questionnaire; 21. Index
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