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Bilingualism in Ancient Society: Language Contact and the Written Text

J. N. Adams, Mark Janse, and Simon Swain


Focusing on written texts, this book provides an introduction to the evidence of bilingualism in the ancient Mediterranean world. Language contact intruded into virtually every aspect of ancient life, including literature, philosophy, law, medicine, provincial administration, army, magic and trade, and topics which have been fashionable in sociolinguistics for some time have now begun to attract the attention of scholars working in Graeco-Roman studies. The fifteen chapters in this collection cover theoretical and methodological issues and key aspects of the contact between Latin and Greek and ... More

Keywords: bilingualism, language contact, sociolinguistics, Mediterranean, Graeco-Roman studies, Latin, Greek

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199245062
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. N. Adams, editor
Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
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Mark Janse, editor
Editor of Bibliographie Linguistique, Associate Professor of Greek and General Linguistics at Ghent University, and a Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam
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Simon Swain, editor
Professor of Classics, University of Warwick
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