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Title: Romance Languages
Subtitle: A Historical Introduction
Written By: Ti Alkire
Carol G. Rosen
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521717847
Description:

New Edition

Ti Alkire and Carol Rosen trace the changes that led from colloquial Latin to
five major Romance languages, those which ultimately became national or
transnational languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and
Romanian. Trends in spoken Latin altered or dismantled older categories in
phonology and morphology, while the regional varieties of speech, evolving
under diverse influences, formed new grammatical patterns, each creating its
own internal regularities. Documentary sources for spoken Latin show the
beginnings of this process, which comes to full fruition in the medieval
emergence of written Romance languages. This book newly distills the facts
into an appealing program of study, including exercises, and makes the
difficult issues clear, taking well motivated and sometimes innovative stands.
It provides not only an essential guide for those new to the topic, but also a
reliable compendium for the specialist.

- Balances a more technical approach with a discursive treatment of relevant
historical circumstances, the contact languages and their influence
- Each chapter contains exercises for readers to practise and consolidate
knowledge
- Contains etymological information linking English words to Romance
languages

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): French
Italian
Latin
Portuguese
Romanian
Spanish
Language Family(ies): Romance
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ISBN-13: 9780511731211
Pages: 388
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ISBN-13: 9780521717847
Pages: 388
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