What are the issues of touch among the examine of language and the learn of background? What are the chances for collaboration among linguists and historians, and what prevents it? This quantity, the court cases of a global convention held on the collage of Bristol in April 2009, provides twenty-two articles by way of linguists and historians, exploring the connection among the fields theoretically, conceptually and in perform. Contributions specialize in quite a few eu and American languages, in historic classes from the center a while to the current day. Key topics on the intersection of those disciplines are the standardization and category of languages, the social and demographic historical past of medieval and early glossy Europe, the research of language and heritage ‘from below’, and the functionality of language in sleek politics. the price of interdisciplinary collaboration is proven in a wide-ranging set of case stories, on subject matters together with language touch in Northern and critical Europe, the connection among peninsular and transatlantic Spanish, and new ways to the hot histories of Nicaragua, Luxembourg and Bulgaria. the quantity seeks out the interdependencies among the 2 fields and asks why exchanges among linguists and historians stay the exception instead of the guideline.
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