Romance Languages A Historical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0521717841

ISBN-13: 9780521717847

Edition: 2010

Authors: Ti Alkire, Carol Rosen

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Book details

List price: $65.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/24/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Ti Alkire is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University. Besides historical Romance linguistics, his research interests include stylistics, translation theory, and current variation in French and Italian.

Carol Rosen is a Professor of Linguistics and Romance Studies at Cornell University. Her work in language typology, grammatical relations, and formal theory design lends a special character to her research in Romance linguistics, ranging over historical and contemporary topics.

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The evolution of stressed vowels
Syllables and word stress in Latin
Stressed vowels: the (almost) pan-Romance seven-vowel system
Special developments in stressed vowels
The three Latin diphthongs
Exercises
Early changes in syllable structure and consonants
Prosthetic vowels
Syncope and new consonant clusters
Merger of /b/ and /w/
Early consonant losses
In search of Popular Latin speech
Exercises
Consonant weakening and strengthening
Degemination
Lenition
Other consonant weakenings
Fortition
Exercises
New palatal consonants
About palatal articulation
Yods old and new
Yods and the growth of new consonants
Charles and Charlotte
Exercises
More about vowels: raising, yod effects, and nasalization
Vowel raising in Italian
Yod effects in Spanish
Yod effects in French
Nasal vowels in French
Exercises
Verb morphology: the present indicative
Infinitives
Present indicative in Popular versus standard Latin
Present indicative in Italian
Present indicative in Spanish
Present indicative in French
Stem allomorphy in the present indicative
Paradigm leveling
Paradigm disleveling
A stem extender: -sc-
Some truly irregular verbs: be, have, go
Exercises
Verb morphology: systemic reorganization
Map of the Latin verb system
How Romance reorganizes the Latin system
Present indicative and present subjunctive
Imperfect indicative
Perfect indicative: Romance synthetic past
Imperfect subjunctive
Future subjunctive
Future and conditional
A bombshell: the birth of periphrastic perfects
The passive voice
Past participles old and new
Exercises
Noun and adjective morphology
The starting-point Latin noun and adjective morphology
From five to three declension classes
From six to two cases
Romance noun and adjective morphology
The neuter diaspora: from three to two genders
Toward gender marking
Imparisyllabic nouns and adjectives
Romance personal pronouns
Birth of the definite article
Exercises
History and structure of Portuguese: in overview
Stressed vowels: the seven-vowel system
More on stressed vowels- secondary diphthongs
More on stressed vowels: nasalization
Raising effects
Early changes in consonants
Consonant weakening and strengthening
New palatal consonants
Noun and adjective morphology
Verb morphology: infinitives
Verb morphology: present indicative
Paradigm leveling and disleveling
A stem extender: -sc-
Some truly irregular verbs: be, have, go
Verbs: old categories with inherited morphology
Verbs: new periphrastic
Verbs: other new categories
Exercises
History and structure of Romanian: an overview
Romanian vowels: diachrony and synchrony
Syllable structure: conservatism and innovation
Palatal influences on consonants
Other consonant changes
Present indicative and subjunctive
Verb morphology: systemic reorganization
Noun and adjective morphology
Exercises
Formation of the Romance lexicon
Lexical competition and replacement
Exploiting the derivational resources of Latin
Cycles of added and lost meaning
Reanalysis: how the mind remakes words
Loan words
Exercises
Emergence of the Romance vernaculars
Language in the Carolingian world
The earliest Romance texts
Conclusion from dialects to standards
Exercises
Notes
Glossary of linguistic terms
Suggestions for further reading
Works cited
Index
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