New Approaches to Old Problems

Issues in Romance historical linguistics

Steven N. Dworkin | University of Michigan
Dieter Wanner | The Ohio State University
ISBN 9789027237170 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588110213 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027284426 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This volume contains revised versions of thirteen of the papers presented at the parasession, “New Solutions to Old Problems: Issues in Romance Historical Linguistics”, held as part of the 29th Linguistic Symposium on the Romance Languages (1999). These studies examine specific problems in Romance historical linguistics within the framework of new analytical approaches, many of which represent extensions into the diachronic realm of methodologies and theories originally formulated to explain aspects of synchronic phonology and syntax. Insights afforded by Principles and Parameters, the Minimalist Program, Optimality Theory, grammaticalization theory, and sociohistorical linguistics are used to elucidate such long-standing issues in traditional historical grammar as diphthongization in Hispano-Romance, syncope of intertonic vowels in Hispano- and Gallo-Romane, Romance lenition, the role of analogy in morphological change, word order, infinitival constructions, and the collocation of clitic object pronouns in Old French and Old Spanish.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 210] 2000.  xiv, 235 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Le titre du livre est pleinement justifié en ceci qu'il offre en effet des tentatives de réinterprétation de faits bien connus, dans une perspective méthodologique nouvelle. [...] on ne pourra donc que lui souhaiter une bonne réception auprès des romanistes s'intéressant aux tendances actuelles de la linguistique historique [...].”
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Oesterreicher, Wulf
2015. Zum Status der romanistischen Linguistik – Gegen ihre ‚Verächter‘. In Historische Sprachwissenschaft als philologische Kulturwissenschaft,  pp. 15 ff. DOI logo

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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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