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Title: Dynamics of Morphological Productivity
Subtitle: The Evolution of Noun Classes from Latin to Italian
Written By: Francesco Gardani
URL: http://www.brill.com/dynamics-morphological-productivity
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Linguistic Theory
Description:

In Dynamics of Morphological Productivity, Francesco Gardani explores the evolution of the productivity of the noun inflectional classes of Latin and Old Italian, covering a span of almost 2,000 years – an absolute novelty for the theory of diachrony and for Latin and Italo-Romance linguistics. By providing an original set of criteria for measuring productivity, based on the investigation of loanword integration, conversions, and class shift, Gardani provides a substantial contribution to the theory of inflection, as well as to the study of the morphological integration of loanwords. The result is a wealth of empirical facts, including data from the contact languages Etruscan, Ancient Greek, Germanic, Arabic, Byzantine Greek, Old French and Provençal, accompanied by brilliant and groundbreaking analyses.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Brill
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Subject Language(s): Italian
Latin
Language Family(ies): Indo-European
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789004225411
Pages: 552
Prices: Europe EURO 158.00
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