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Title: Romance Phonology and Variation
Subtitle: Selected papers from the 30th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, Gainesville, Florida, February 2000
Edited By: Joaquim Camps
Caroline R. Wiltshire
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 217

This volume contains a selection of refereed and revised papers, originally presented at the 30th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, focussing on the areas of phonology and language variation. The papers address issues in phonology such as the emergence of the unmarked, representational structure in phonology and morphology, intonation in Spanish, and issues in variation including dialectal differences, codeswitching, foreigner talk, and language death. The papers in this volume include discussions of the major Romance languages (Catalan, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish), pidgins and creoles resulting from contact with Romance languages, and relationships with languages from other families, such as English and Dutch.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
List of Contributors ix
Romance Phonology and Variation
Caroline R. Wiltshire and Joaquim Camps 1
Constraining the Vagaries of Glide Distribution in Varieties of French
Barbara E. Bullock 11
On the Relationship between Comprehension and Production Data in Codeswitching
Paola Dussias 27
Focus, Word Order Variation and Intonation in Spanish and English: An OT account
Rodrigo Gutièrrez-Bravo 39
Morphological Complexity and Spanish Object Clitic Variation
David J. Heap 55
Catalan Phonology: Cluster simplification and nasal place assimilation
Dylan Herrick 69
The Articulator Group and Liquid Geometry: Implications for Spanish phonology present and past
D. Eric Holt 85
Intonation in Spanish and the other Ibero-Romance Languages: Overview and status quaestionis
José Ignacio Hualde 101 ‘Partial Spanish’: Strategies of pidginization and simplification (from Lingua Franca to ‘Gringo Lingo’)
John M. Lipski 117
The Death of French in Medieval England
D. Gary Miller 145
Discourse Context and Polysemy: Spanish casi
Scott A. Schwenter 161
New Insights into French Reduplication
Mary Ellen Scullen 177
Local Conjunction in Italian and French Phonology
Bernard Tranel and Francesca Del Gobbo 191
On the Relation between uantity-sensitive Stress and Distinctive Vowel Length: The history of a principle and its relevance for Romance
W. Leo Wetzels 219
Index of Terms & Concepts 235

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Language Variation
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588110796
ISBN-13: 9781588110794
Pages: xii, 238 pp.
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Pages: xii, 238 pp.
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