Historical Romance Linguistics

Historical Romance Linguistics

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This volume contains 17 studies on historical Romance linguistics within a variety of current theoretical frameworks; it includes studies on phonology, morphology and syntax, focusing solely or comparatively on all five a€˜majora€™ Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and Spanish. An introduction by the eminent Romance Linguist JA¼rgen Klausenburger addresses the fit of these studies in the overall development of the field of historical Romance linguistics since the 19th century. The studies in this volume demonstrate an organic link between Malkiela€™s (1961) a€˜classica€™ definition of Romance linguistics and the field of Romance linguistics today, because just as scholars of the field in the 19th century successfully applied the dominant paradigm of (historical) linguistics of their time, Neogrammarian theory, so do the authors contained in the present volume avail themselves of current linguistic advances to achieve equally significant results.This paper examines PC theorya#39;s contribution to the analysis of systemic linguistic change, using as a case study the evolution of vowel ... The data clearly show two crucial notions of systemic phonology: 1) need for contrast can override need for transparency, and 2) ... because system B is structured in such a way that the inherent markedness of the segment does not stand out enough to be penalized.

Title:Historical Romance Linguistics
Author: Randall Gess, Deborah Arteaga
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2006-05-03

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