Exploring the Role of Morphology in the Evolution of Spanish

Joel Rini | University of Virginia
ISBN 9789027236852 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556199561 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027299666 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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After a brief survey of the perception of morphological change in the standard works of the Hispanic tradition in the 20th century, the author first attempts to refine concepts such as analogy, leveling, blending, contamination, etc. as they have been applied to Spanish. He then revisits difficult problems of Spanish historical grammar and explores the extent to which various types of morphological processes may have operated in a given change. Selected problems are examined in light of abundant textual evidence. Some include: the resistance to change of Sp. dormir ‘to sleep’, morir ‘to die’, the vocalic sequence /ee/, the reduction of the OSp. verbal suffixes -ades, -edes, -ides, -odes, and the uncertain origin of Sp. eres ‘you are’. Important notions such as the directionality of leveling, phonological vs. morphological change in the nominal and verbal paradigms, the morphological spread of sound change, and the role of morphological factors in apparent syntactic change are discussed.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 179] 1999.  xvi, 187 pp.
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“[...] presents a number of fascinating proposals to solve several long-standing thorny problems and raises valuable theoretical issues. [...] demonstrating that an imaginative application of the principles of morphology can provide coherent explanations of historical developments which until now have resisted all attempts to explain them.”
“[...] as a result of his openness and flexibility in identifying and combining explanatory factors, Rini is able to connect seemingly unrelated strands and pieces of data in an ingenious fashion to offer novel explanations for long unresolved issues.”
“[...] una muy valiosa contribución a la gramática histórica del castellano, que nos enseña otra vez hasta qué punto la romanística proporciona a los investigadores una fuenta inagotable de problemas mal resueltos cuyo estudio puede enriquecer la lingüística histórica, incluso en sus mainfestaciones más teóricas.”
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CF: Linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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