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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Comparative Historical Dialectology
Subtitle: Italo-Romance clues to Ibero-Romance sound change
Written By: Thomas D. Cravens
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory

This brief monograph explores the historical motivations for two sets of phonological changes in some varieties of Romance: restructured voicing of intervocalic /p t k/, and palatalization of initial /l/ and /n/. These developments have been treated repeatedly over the decades, yet neither has enjoyed a satisfactory solution. This book attempts to demonstrate that both outcomes are ultimately attributable to the loss of early pan-Romance consonant gemination.
This study is of interest not only to the language-specific field of historical Romance linguistics, but also to general historical linguistics. The central problems examined here constitute classic cases of questions that cannot be answered by confining analysis solely to the individual languages under investigation. The passage of time, the indirect nature of fragmentary and accidental documentation, and the nature of the changes themselves conspire to deny access to the most essential facts. However, comparison of closely cognate languages now undergoing change supplies a perspective for discerning conditions that may ultimately lead to states achieved in the distant past by the languages under investigation.

Table of Contents

Dedication v
Acknowledgements vii
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Chapter 2 Substratum 15
Chapter 3 Crucial ingredients: Intervocalic voicing in Latin, Assimilation at word boundaries 40
Chapter 4 Voicing in Western Romance 66
Chapter 5 Palatalization of word-initial /l/ and /n/ in Ibero-Romance 93
Chapter 6 Loose ends: Non-voicing in Rumania and the dialects of the Pyrenees, Irregular voicing in Italian 116
Chapter 7 Conclusion 141
References 144
Index of terms and concepts 159
Index of names 161

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113132
ISBN-13: 9781588113139
Pages: xii, 163 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 142
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247390
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: xii, 163 pp.
Prices: EUR 85.00