New Approaches to Old Problems

Issues in Romance historical linguistics

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| The Ohio State University
ISBN 9789027237170 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588110213 (USA) | 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
Table of Contents
Steven N. Dworkin
Part I. General Problems
Beyond Parameters
Dieter Wanner
A New View of Grammaticalization to Replace the ‘Cycle’ in Historical Romance Linguistics
Jurgen Klausenburger
Part II. Phonology and Morphology
Romance Lenition
Thomas D. Cravens
An OT Approach to Atonic Vowel Loss Patterns in Old French and Old Spanish
Dale Hartkemeyer
Analogy and Optimality Theory in a Morphological Change of Southwest Spanish
Glenn A. Martínez
Linking Social Change and Linguistic Change: Koineization in Early Castile
Donald N. Tuten
Part III. Syntax and Semantics
Syntactic Diffusion in Spanish and Portuguese Infinitival Complements
Mark Davies
The Role of Features in Historical Change
Monique Dufresne, Fernande Dupuis and Mireille Tremblay
Spanish Object Agreement Markers and the Typology of Object Agreement Morphology
Andrés Enrique-Arias
Evolving Tobler-Mussafia Effects in the Placements of French Clitics
Paul Hirschbühler and Marie Labelle
Grammaticalization Chains and French Complex-Inversion
Ken Johnson
A Minimalist Perspective on Wackernagel’s Law
Enrique Mallén
Infinitive Subordinators and Verb Restructuring in French
France Martineau and Virginia Motapanyane
Subject Index
“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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