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LINGUIST List 20.4206

Tue Dec 08 2009

Books: Historical Linguistics: Sampson

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        1.    Elyse Turr, Vowel Prosthesis in Romance: Sampson

Message 1: Vowel Prosthesis in Romance: Sampson
Date: 07-Dec-2009
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: Vowel Prosthesis in Romance: Sampson
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Title: Vowel Prosthesis in Romance
Subtitle: A Diachronic Study
Published: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: Rodney Sampson
Hardback: ISBN: 0199541159 9780199541157 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 125.00
Abstract:

This book presents a comparative, historical account of vowel prosthesis in
the Romance languages. Vowel prothesis is one of several types of irregular
and sporadic changes that have occurred in Romance, but it has remained
poorly studied despite its widespread incidence. It involves the appearance
of a non-etymological vowel at the beginning of a word: a familiar instance
is initial e in many words in Spanish, as seen for example in the
development of Latin spina to Spanish espina 'thorn'. In a wide-ranging
account, Professor Sampson distinguishes three major categories of vowel
prosthesis in Romance and explores their formal characteristics, their
geographical and chronological incidence, and their likely causation. He
considers the relationship between the different categories to establish
the extent to which they may be viewed as a unitary phenonmenon with a
common basis. The book brings together for the first time a substantial
body of linguistic and philological material which serves to shed a new
light on vowel prothesis in less well-known Romance varieties.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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