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LINGUIST List 21.3309

Mon Aug 16 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics: Alkire, Rosen

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Romance Languages: Alkire, Rosen

Message 1: Romance Languages: Alkire, Rosen
Date: 11-Aug-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Romance Languages: Alkire, Rosen
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Title: Romance Languages
Subtitle: A Historical Introduction
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521717847

Author: Ti Alkire
Author: Carol Rosen
Electronic: ISBN: 9780511731211 Pages: 388 Price: U.S. $ 33.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521889155 Pages: 388 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521717847 Pages: 388 Price: U.K. £ 23.99

New Edition

Ti Alkire and Carol Rosen trace the changes that led from colloquial Latin to
five major Romance languages, those which ultimately became national or
transnational languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and
Romanian. Trends in spoken Latin altered or dismantled older categories in
phonology and morphology, while the regional varieties of speech, evolving
under diverse influences, formed new grammatical patterns, each creating its
own internal regularities. Documentary sources for spoken Latin show the
beginnings of this process, which comes to full fruition in the medieval
emergence of written Romance languages. This book newly distills the facts
into an appealing program of study, including exercises, and makes the
difficult issues clear, taking well motivated and sometimes innovative stands.
It provides not only an essential guide for those new to the topic, but also a
reliable compendium for the specialist.

- Balances a more technical approach with a discursive treatment of relevant
historical circumstances, the contact languages and their influence
- Each chapter contains exercises for readers to practise and consolidate
- Contains etymological information linking English words to Romance


1. The evolution of stressed vowels;
2. Early changes in syllable structure and consonants;
3. Consonant weakening and strengthening;
4. New palatal consonants;
5. More about vowels: raising, yod effects, and nasalization;
6. Verb morphology: the present indicative;
7. Verb morphology: systemic reorganization;
8. Noun and adjective morphology;
9. History and structure of Portuguese: an overview;
10. History and structure of Romanian: an overview;
11. Formation of the Romance lexicon;
12. Emergence of the Romance vernaculars;
Suggestions for further reading;
Works cited;
Index of topics.


'This attractive textbook is a great opportunity to bring the unique historical
and typological richness of the Romance languages to today's students of
language and linguistics and empower them to continue its exploration on
their own. In its carefully gradated approach at complex issues of phonology
and morphology, the authors provide readers with an analytical in-depth
investigation of the diachronic developments in Spanish, French, and Italian,
complemented by coherent sketches of Portuguese and Romanian. The book
sets a new standard for focus, relevance, and accuracy of data as well as
broadly informed and open-minded assessment of competing explanations
offered in the literature. Readers who work their way through the book will
come away from it with a structured picture of this fascinating language
family spanning 2000 years of varying divergence and convergence.' Dieter
Wanner, The Ohio State University

'A user-friendly and straightforward approach to the topic, which cuts through
much of the excessive and dense detail of traditional treatments.' Adam
Ledgeway, University of Cambridge

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                            Italian (ita)
                            Latin (lat)
                            Portuguese (por)
                            Romanian (ron)
                            Spanish (spa)
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (eng )

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