Comparative Historical Dialectology

Italo-Romance clues to Ibero-Romance sound change

Thomas D. Cravens | University of Wisconsin, Madison
ISBN 9789027247391 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588113139 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027275394 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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This brief monograph explores the historical motivations for two sets of phonological changes in some varieties of Romance: restructured voicing of intervocalic /p t k/, and palatalization of initial /l/ and /n/. These developments have been treated repeatedly over the decades, yet neither has enjoyed a satisfactory solution. This book attempts to demonstrate that both outcomes are ultimately attributable to the loss of early pan-Romance consonant gemination.
This study is of interest not only to the language-specific field of historical Romance linguistics, but also to general historical linguistics. The central problems examined here constitute classic cases of questions that cannot be answered by confining analysis solely to the individual languages under investigation. The passage of time, the indirect nature of fragmentary and accidental documentation, and the nature of the changes themselves conspire to deny access to the most essential facts. However, comparison of closely cognate languages now undergoing change supplies a perspective for discerning conditions that may ultimately lead to states achieved in the distant past by the languages under investigation.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 231] 2002.  xii, 163 pp.
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“This work, forces us to conclude that the concept of an 'insight' in historical change is imposed by the approach chosen, a claim that has general implications for linguistics globally, beyond the field of Romance linguistics studies.”
“[T]his book investigates carefully and creatively the problems it attacks. Although I disagree with it in certain respects, I consider this work essential reading for all who are seriously concerned with Romance historical linguistics.”
“[T]his is the mature and precise result of focused and detailed reflection [...] The arguments are all to the point at issue, and persuasive, as the complex data have been assembled and evaluated with care and understanding. The whole volume is satisfying since it provides a genuine solution to real problems.”
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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