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Title: Linguistic Theory and the Romance Languages
Edited By: Martin Maiden
John Charles Smith

This volume contains revised versions of papers given at a conference at the Manoir de Brion, in Normandy. They deal with phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, and cover a wide range of Romance languages, including many lesser-known varieties. The contributors to the volume are committed to the view that Romance Linguistics is not narrowly philological, but is rather General Linguistics practiced with reference to particular data. The point has been made many times, but is worth reiterating, that Latin and the Romance languages offer an unrivaled wealth of synchronic and historical documentation, and provide both a stimulus and a test-bed for ideas about language structure, language change, and language variation. Many of the papers in this volume can be interpreted simultaneously as using the analytical tools of linguistic theory to illuminate the structure of individual Romance languages or of the family as a whole, and as using Romance data to throw light on general problems in linguistic theory, or on the structure of languages beyond Romance. Specific areas covered include: prosodic domains; quantification; agreement; the prepositional accusative; clitic pronouns; voice and aspect.

Publication Year: 1996
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1556195761
ISBN-13: 9781556195761
Pages: 240
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