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Coulmas, Florian

Works: 172 works in 962 publications in 4 languages and 19,620 library holdings
Genres: History  Encyclopedias  Handbooks and manuals  Conference papers and proceedings  Terminology  Dictionaries  Glossaries, vocabularies, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Publishing director, Contributor, Author of introduction, Translator
Classifications: P211, 411
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Most widely held works by Florian Coulmas
The writing systems of the world by Florian Coulmas( Book )

44 editions published between 992 and 2003 in English and held by 1,022 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gives the general reader insight into the major writing systems of the world, both as modes of expression and as factors in contemporary social change. Challenges the linguist (and the social scientist) not to take writing for granted, but to be aware of the ways in which it conditions their work
The Blackwell encyclopedia of writing systems by Florian Coulmas( Book )

39 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and German and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Florian Coulmas starts from the view that writing reflects a process of linguistic analysis, yet he ranges widely among different scientific disciplines. He draws on historical and paleographic research into the fundamental structural options of representing language by means of a graphic code, on psychological investigation into the cognitive processing of texts, and on sociological and educational inquiry into the social conditions and consequences of literacy. Entries vary between short explanations of terms and concepts, brief accounts of individual writing systems, and longer theoretical articles. The encyclopedia contains an exceptional array of visual examples and is supported by a comprehensive bibliography
The handbook of sociolinguistics( Book )

50 editions published between 1996 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflecting the main division within the discipline, the two key sections deal with the social dimensions of language and the linguistic dimensions of society. In addition, there is an introductory section taking issue with theoretical and methodological foundations of sociolinguistics. The final part introduces four areas in which the application of sociolinguistic knowledge has proved to be especially fruitful in recent years; education, bilingual education, the legal profession, and language planning. The Handbook is equipped with a comprehensive bibliography which can be used as a research tool in its own right
Sociolinguistics : the study of speakers' choices by Florian Coulmas( Book )

45 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new textbook provides a clear introduction to sociolinguistics, the study of why we speak the way we do, and the social factors that influence our linguistic decisions. Based on the notion of 'choice' - that as speakers we select from the options open to us - it provides a solid theoretical framework to deal with the most fascinating characteristic of language: its variability and diversity. Topics covered include dialects, gender- and age-specific speech forms, professional jargons, diglossia, bilingualism, code-switching, pidgin languages and language planning, all of which are unified by the common theme that speakers, by making choices, create their language. Drawing on linguistic variation from a wide range of societies and their languages, this is set to become a key text for all students of sociolinguistics, and will be welcomed by anyone interested in the complex interaction between language and society."--Jacket
Language adaptation by Florian Coulmas( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At certain points in their historical development, languages are not adequately equipped to serve their societies and do not offer certain communicative functions. Political and cultural domination can influence the language community to adopt a foreign language for higher communication, leaving the vernacular underdeveloped for those communication registers. Sudden changes in the communicative needs of the community may not give the vernacular a chance to adapt and develop necessary registers. The concept of language adaptation assumes that the speech community is capable of changing its language to meet new communicative needs, as German, English, Japanese, and others have. Language adaptation, usually a gradual and continuous process that goes almost unnoticed by the speech community, can occur by conscious intervention in a linguistic crisis. It can become a political goal involving cultural and linguistic values. The decisive factor in successful language adaptation is the determination of the speech communities rather than their languages' structural and lexical makeup. (Mse)
Conversational routine : explorations in standardized communication situations and prepatterned speech by Florian Coulmas( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2011 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays addresses the notion of 'conversational routine', and explores the characteristics of some of the more prepatterned, formulaic, and conventionalized aspects of conversational activity from a variety of perspectives. In his preface, Coulmas claims conversational interaction has its own rules, different from a linguist's notion of 'rule', and that 'conversational rules and routines purport to structure and make possible both the predictable and the non-predictable aspects of conversation' (p. x). Hence the importance of this relatively unexplored side of conversational patterning. Of the thirteen papers included here, three have been previously published in academic journals; the rest are new. Half the authors are European, half are North American; and their disciplines range through linguistics, English, educational linguistics, language teaching, sociology, and psycholinguistics. -- From (Feb. 13, 2015)
Linguistic minorities and literacy : language policy issues in developing countries by Florian Coulmas( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and Spanish and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Direct and indirect speech( Book )

24 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and German and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing systems : an introduction to their linguistic analysis by Florian Coulmas( Book )

18 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This textbook introduces the major writing systems of the world - from cuneiform to English spelling. Florian Coulmas, one of the world's leading experts in the field, presents detailed descriptions of the world's writing systems and explains their structural complexities as well as the intricate relationship between written and spoken language
A Festschrift for native speaker( Book )

11 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 320 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing in focus by Florian Coulmas( Book )

23 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Language policy for the European Community : prospects and quandaries by Florian Coulmas( Book )

22 editions published in 1991 in 3 languages and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language and economy by Florian Coulmas( Book )

13 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Population decline and ageing in Japan : the social consequences by Florian Coulmas( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With population decline and ageing as one of the most pressing challenges facing Japan, this text presents a comprehensive analysis of the problem and its consequences
Sprache und Staat : Studien zu Sprachplanung und Sprachpolitik by Florian Coulmas( Book )

18 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in German and Undetermined and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sprache Und Staat: Studien Zu Sprachplanung Und Sprachpolitik (Sammlung Goschen)
The demographic challenge : a handbook about Japan by Annette Schad-Seifert( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This handbook explores the challenges demographic change pose twenty-first century Japan. The first part gives the fundamental data involved, and the subsequent parts address the social, cultural, political, economic and social security aspects of Japan's demographic change
Guardians of language : twenty voices through history by Florian Coulmas( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text provides an accessible account of the origins and conceptual foundations of language policy. Florian Coulmas discusses the influence of twenty intellectuals from medieval to modern times, and from a variety of cultures, who have taken issue with language, its use, development, and political potential
Language regimes in transformation : future prospects for German and Japanese in science, economy, and politics by Florian Coulmas( Book )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Main description: Globalization has many faces. One of them is the transformation of language regimes caused by the spread of English. This book provides an in-depth account of how two highly developed all-purpose national languages, Japanese and German, are affected by this process. In the international arena, they no longer compete with English, but their status as foreign languages in third countries as well as in their home countries is in flux. Original empirical and theoretical contributions are presented in this up-to-date study of language regime change
Imploding populations in Japan and Germany : a comparison( Book )

11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trilingual glossary of demographic terminology : English-Japanese-German, Japanese-English-German, German-Japanese-English = [Sankakokugo taishō jinkōgaku yōgoshū : Ei-Nichi-Doku, Nichi-Ei-Doku, Doku-Nichi-Ei] = Dreisprachiges Glossar der Demographie : Englisch-Japanesch-Deutsch, Japanesch-Englisch-Deutsch, Deutsch-Japanesch-Englisch by Matthias Koch( Book )

15 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This glossary is an up-to-date research tool for the study of population in English, Japanese and German. Based on the technical literature, encyclopaedias, databanks and existing glossaries in the three languages listed as well as other relevant languages in which demographic research is carried out, it comprises more than 7500 technical terms accessible in three directions: English-Japanese-German, Japanese-English-German and German-Japanese-English. Scientific fields covered include social demography, population geography, political demography, historical demography, medical demography, biodemography, mathematical demography, as well as some adjacent fields such as psychology, law, technology, religion, linguistics and education
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The writing systems of the world
Alternative Names
Coulmas, Florian

Florian Coulmas Duits japanoloog

Florian Coulmas German japanologist

Kūlmās, Flūriyān

Kurumasu, Furorian 1949-

فلوريان كولماس، 1949-

كولماس, فلوريان

ফ্লোরিয়ান কুলমাস

쿨마스, 플로리안 1949-

クルマス, フロリアン

クルマス, フロリアン 1949-

English (418)

German (22)

Spanish (1)

Chinese (1)

The Blackwell encyclopedia of writing systemsThe handbook of sociolinguisticsSociolinguistics : the study of speakers' choicesLanguage adaptationWriting systems : an introduction to their linguistic analysisA Language policy for the European Community : prospects and quandariesPopulation decline and ageing in Japan : the social consequencesThe demographic challenge : a handbook about Japan