From Latin to Romance: Morphosyntactic Typology and Change

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byAdam Ledgeway

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This book examines the grammatical changes that took place in the transition from Latin to the Romance languages. The emerging languages underwent changes in three fundamental areas involving the noun phrase, verb phrase, and the sentence. The impact of the changes can be seen in the reductionof the Latin case system; the appearance of auxiliary verb structures to mark such categories tense, mood, and voice; and a shift towards greater rigidification of word order. The author considers how far these changes are interrelated and compares their various manifestations and pace of changeacross the different standard and non-standard varieties of Romance. He describes the historical background to the emergence of the Romance varieties and their Latin ancestry, considering in detail the richly documented diachronic variation exhibited by the Romance family.Adam Ledgeway reviews the accounts and explanations that have been proposed within competing theoretical frameworks, and considers how far traditional ideas should be reinterpreted in light of recent theoretical developments. His wide-ranging account shows that the transition from Latin to Romanceis not only of great intrinsic interest, but both provides a means of challenging linguistic orthodoxies and presents opportunities to shape new persepctives on language change, structure, and variation.

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This book examines the grammatical changes that took place in the transition from Latin to the Romance languages. The emerging languages underwent changes in three fundamental areas involving the noun phrase, verb phrase, and the sentence. The impact of the changes can be seen in the reductionof the Latin case system; the appearance of...

Adam Ledgeway is Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. His resarch interests include Italian dialectology, the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Latin, syntactic theory, and linguistic change. His recent publications include...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:June 28, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. From Latin to Romance: Introduction2. Syntheticity and analyticity3. Configurationality and the rise of constituent structure4. Configurationality and the rise of functional structure5. From Latin to Romance: A configurational approach6. Head-marking and dependent-marking7. The rise and fall of alignmentsReferencesIndex

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"A model of how modern diachronic syntax can re-think the traditional descriptive distinctions and can incorporate the latest benefits of generative grammar theorizing, without throwing into relief the theory at the expense of the data." --Adina Dragomirescu, Revue Roumaine de Linguistique