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The Cambridge History of the Romance Languages

Volume 1. Structures

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Rosanna Sornicola, Michele Loporcaro, Martin Maiden, John Charles Smith, Giampaolo Salvi, Adam Ledgeway, Maria Manoliu, Brigitte Bauer, Arnulf Stefenelli, Steven Dworkin, Christopher Pountain, John Trumper
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  • Date Published: January 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521800723

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  • This Cambridge History is the most comprehensive survey of the history of the Romance languages ever published in English. It engages with new and original topics that reflect wider-ranging comparative concerns, such as the relation between diachrony and synchrony, morphosyntactic typology, pragmatic change, the structure of written Romance, and lexical stability. Volume I is organized around the two key recurrent themes of persistence (structural inheritance and continuity from Latin) and innovation (structural change and loss in Romance). An important and novel aspect of the volume is that it accords persistence in Romance a focus in its own right rather than treating it simply as the background to the study of change. In addition, it explores the patterns of innovation (including loss) at all linguistic levels. The result is a rich structural history which marries together data and theory to produce new perspectives on the structural evolution of the Romance languages.

    • First major historical survey of the Romance languages written in English
    • Extensive coverage of non-standard Romance varieties, in addition to the standard languages
    • Presents many new and original solutions to some traditional problems, thereby offering new and exciting perspectives on the structural evolution of Romance
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    "… an authoritative overview of some of the most relevant topics in Romance historical and comparative linguistics … this is a reference work that all linguists researching any of the Romance languages should take into consideration, from phonologists to sociolinguists to syntacticians."
    Miquel Simonet, Journal of Sociolinguistics

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    • Date Published: January 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521800723
    • length: 888 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.5kg
    • contains: 115 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Romance linguistics and historical linguistics. Reflections on synchrony and diachrony Rosanna Sornicola
    2. Syllable, segment and prosody Michele Loporcaro
    3. Phonological processes Michele Loporcaro
    4. Morphophonological persistence Martin Maiden
    5. Morphophonological innovation Martin Maiden
    6. Change and continuity in form-function relationships John Charles Smith
    7. Morphosyntactic persistence from Latin into Romance Giampaolo Salvi
    8. Syntactic and morphosyntactic typology and change in Latin and Romance Adam Ledgeway
    9. Pragmatic and discourse changes from Latin to Romance Maria Manoliu
    10. Word formation Brigitte Bauer
    11. Lexical stability Arnulf Stefenelli
    12. Lexical change Steven Dworkin
    13. Latin and the structure of written Romance Christopher Pountain
    14. Slangs and jargons John Trumper.

  • Editors

    Martin Maiden, University of Oxford
    Martin Maiden is Professor of Romance Languages and Director of the Research Centre for Romance Linguistics at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. His recent publications include A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian, Second Edition (with Cecilia Robustelli, 2007).

    John Charles Smith, St Catherine's College, Oxford
    John Charles Smith is a Lecturer in French Linguistics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford. He has published widely on agreement, refunctionalization, deixis, and the evolution of case and pronoun systems, with particular reference to Romance.

    Adam Ledgeway, University of Cambridge
    Adam Ledgeway is Head of the Department of Italian at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. His recent publications include Grammatica diacronica del dialetto napoletano (2009).


    Rosanna Sornicola, Michele Loporcaro, Martin Maiden, John Charles Smith, Giampaolo Salvi, Adam Ledgeway, Maria Manoliu, Brigitte Bauer, Arnulf Stefenelli, Steven Dworkin, Christopher Pountain, John Trumper

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