Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:


Still Needed:


Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington

Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

New from Cambridge University Press!


Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.

Book Information


Title: Historical Romance Linguistics
Subtitle: Retrospective and Perspectives
Edited By: Randall S. Gess
Deborah L. Arteaga
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20274
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 274

This volume contains 17 studies on historical Romance linguistics within a
variety of current theoretical frameworks; it includes studies on
phonology, morphology and syntax, focusing solely or comparatively on all
five 'major' Romance languages: French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and
Spanish. An introduction by the eminent Romance Linguist Jürgen
Klausenburger addresses the fit of these studies in the overall development
of the field of historical Romance linguistics since the 19th century. The
studies in this volume demonstrate an organic link between Malkiel's (1961)
'classic' definition of Romance linguistics and the field of Romance
linguistics today, because just as scholars of the field in the 19th
century successfully applied the dominant paradigm of (historical)
linguistics of their time, Neogrammarian theory, so do the authors
contained in the present volume avail themselves of current linguistic
advances to achieve equally significant results.

Table of contents

Randall S. Gess and Deborah Arteaga vii

Introduction: From Romance Philology to (Historical) Romance Linguistics?
Jurgen Klausenburger 1

Part I: Phonology

Systemic Contrast and the Diachrony of Spanish Sibilant Voicing
Travis G. Bradley and Ann Marie Delforge 19

The Myth of Phonologically Distinctive Vowel Length in Renaissance French
Randall S. Gess 53

Glide Strengthening in French and Spanish and the Formal Representation of
Haike Jacobs and Robbie van Gerwen 77

Rhythm and Prosodic Change
Michael L. Mazzola 97

Contrast Preservation Theory and Historical Change
Jean-Pierre Y. Montreuil 111

On the Phonetics of Rhymes in Classical and Pre-Classical French: A
Sociolinguistic Perspective
Yves-Charles Morin 131

Is the ‘Word’ Still a Phonological Unit in French? Evidence from Verlan
Douglas C. Walker 163

Part II: Morphology

Proclisis and Enclisis of Object Pronouns at the Turn of the 17th Century:
The Speech of the Future Louis XIIIth
Paul Hirschbühler and Marie Labelle 187

The Emergence of Marked Structures in the Integration of Loans in Italian
Lori Repetti 209

On the Life and (Near) Death of a Morphophoneme
Margaret E. Winters 237

German Influence in Romanian
Wiecher Zwanenburg 253

Part III: Syntax

Il Était une Fois: Diachronic Development of Expletives, Case, and
Agreement from Latin to Modern French
Deborah Arteaga and Julia Herschensohn 269–286

'Synthetic' vs. 'Analytic' in Romance: The Importance of Varieties
Brigitte L.M. Bauer 287–304

Intra-System Variability and Change in Nominal and Verbal Morphology
Barbara E. Bullock and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio 305–325

Aspects of Infinitival Constructions in the History of Portuguese
Ana Maria Martins 327–355

Morphosyntactic Functions of Italian Reflexive si: A Grammaticalization
Cinzia Russi 357–374

From Adverb to Discourse Marker and Beyond: The Status of là in
Franco-American French
Jane S. Smith 375–387

General Index 389–393

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Romance
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247889
ISBN-13: 9789027247889
Pages: viii, 393
Prices: U.S. $ 169
Europe EURO 125.00