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Title: Romanische Sprachgeschichte / Histoire linguistique de la Romania
Subtitle: Ein internationales Handbuch zur Geschichte der romanischen Sprachen / Manuel international d'histoire linguistique de la Romania
Edited By: Gerhard Ernst
Martin-Dietrich Gleßgen
Christian Schmitt
Wolfgang Schweickard
URL: http://degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110171518-1
Series Title: Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft / Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science / [HSK] 23/3
Description:

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With regards to historical linguistics, the study of Romance languages
enjoys the privilege of a long documentation history, which, with Latin as
its basis, dates back almost three thousand years. This long tradition
makes it possible to analyze nearly every language-historical aspect, as
well as to develop methods and test theories without having to rely on
speculation. Drawing upon this rich history, Romanische Sprachgeschichte
(Romance Language History) describes the systematic nature of spoken and
written language in the Romance language area on the one hand, and on the
other hand determines the conditionality of such human behavior due to
regional, social and situational conformities - themselves subject to the
changing of times - and to culture-historical and literary determinants.
With regard to both of these aspects, Romanische Sprachgeschichte breaks
away from the typical focus on the history of the individual national
Romance languages and adds a diachronic dimension to the continuum of
language varieties within the Romance language area. Thematic parallels and
contrastive analysis of the various Romance languages and language areas
make it possible to observe and analyze divergences as well as convergences
in language development under different sociohistorical conditions.

The main languages of publication are German and French. However, a few
articles in Spanish and Italian are also included.

published by Walter de Gruyter

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Sociolinguistics
Language Family(ies): Romance
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ISBN-13: 9783110211412
Pages: 1146
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ISBN-13: 9783110171518
Pages: 1146
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