Studies in Latin and Romance morphosyntax

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In this monograph, various aspects of the morphosyntactic evolution of the Romance languages are shown to interact in a theory of grammaticalization. The study argues for the incorporation and subordination of inflectional morphology within a grammaticalization continuum, constituting but a portion of the latter. Parameters of natural morphology are seen as principles of grammaticalization, but the reverse is also true, rendering grammaticalization and natural morphology indistinguishable. In the context of this theoretical framework, Chapter 2 deals with Latin, French, and Italian verbal inflection, focusing on universal and system-dependent parameters of natural morphology. In Chapter 3, a theory of grammaticalization is built on divergent elements, including not only grammaticalization studies proper, but also the perception/production line of inquiry, and typology and branching issues, permitting the phasing out of the traditional synthesis/analyis cycle. Chapter 4 touches on nominal inflection, in particular that of Old French and Rumanian, the most revealing histories in the Romance domain. Chapter 5, finally, thoroughly discusses extant theoretical questions in grammaticalization, prominently featuring the relevance of ‘invisible hand’ explanations and the crucial role played by unidirectionality. This study will be of interest to specialists in Romance and historical linguistics, as well as morphological theory.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 193]  2000.  xiii, 183 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Theoretical Foundations
2. Verbal Inflection
3. Grammaticalization Processes Involving the Verb
4. Nominal Inflection and Grammaticalization
5. Theoretical Issues in Grammaticalization
6. Conclusions
Subject Index
Name Index
“Klausenburger successfully challenges many long-held notions in the field of Romance linguistics. That is perhaps to be expected, as the book represents the mature view of an outstanding scholar in the field.”
“Le livre intéressera [...] par sa réinterprétation, dans la perspective d'un accès innovateur en matière de linguistique historique. C'est là que réside son intérêt majeur, à savoir celui d'une contribution théorique importante donnant lieu à des recherches ultérieures, soit dans la même voie, soit dans une perspective critique.”
“[...] lN'auteur propose une intégration de la morphosyntaxe naturelle dans la théorie de la grammaticalisation et de la grammaticalisation dans la morphosyntaxe naturelle. On peut recommander ce livre à tout personne qui sN'intrésse à la morphologie des langues romanes ou à la théorie morphologique.N”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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