Multilingual Apple: Languages in New York City / Edition 2

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Overview

This book will be of special interest to the general reader concerned with the issue of language in the United States, as well as the language specialist and sociolinguist. It has been written to inform those wishing to learn more about the role that languages other than English have had, and continue to have, in the life of the most important United States city, New York. At the same time this volume makes an important contribution to the scholarly literature on urban multilingualism and the sociology of language. The book contains chapters on languages of ethnolinguistic groups who arrived early in New York and which have been somewhat silenced (Irish, German, Yiddish), the languages of groups who made early contributions and continue to be heard in the city (Italian, Greek , Spanish, Hebrew), and languages which are acquiring an important voice in the city today (Chinese, Indian languages, English creoles, Haitian Creole).

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Editorial Reviews

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"This excellent collection of studies is even bigger than itself. It raises a number of questions yet unexplained and provides a model for examining similar issues elsewhere in the nation. [...] It is to be hoped that the Multilingual apple may serve as a model for similar, comparative studies."Theodore S. Beardsley, Jr. in: WORD, Dezember 1999
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Individual chapters devoted to Irish, German, Yiddish, Italian, Greek, Spanish, Hebrew, Chinese, Hindi and other Indian languages, Haitian Creole, and English Caribbean Creole explore the contributions of various languages to New York City culture. Each chapter explores linguistic and usage characteristics in countries of origin, demographic factors affecting varieties of language used, the evolution of languages in New York, the effect of the sociopolitical environment on the linguistic characteristics of the languages, and the use of the language in the city at large. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110172812
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. with a new foreword. 2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
New York's multilingualism: World languages and their role in a U.S. city 3
Irish in nineteenth century New York 53
German in New York 71
Yiddish in New York 93
Italian in New York 119
Greek in New York 143
Spanish in New York 167
Hebrew in New York 203
Chinese in New York 231
The languages of India in New York 257
Haitian Creole in New York 281
English Caribbean Creole in New York 301
Do ethnics have culture? And what's so special about New York anyway? 341
Contributors 355
Index 357
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