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Title: Romance Linguistics: Theory and acquisition
Subtitle: Selected papers from the 32nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Toronto, April 2002
Edited By: Ana T. Pérez-Leroux
Yves Roberge
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT_244
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 244

This volume contains a selection of refereed and revised papers, originally presented at the 32nd Linguistics Symposium on Romance Languages, dealing with linguistic theory as applied to the Romance languages, and on empirical studies on the acquisition of Romance, with studies on Romanian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romansch and Latin.
The theoretical section contains contributions concentrating on specific properties of Romance at the syntax/semantics interface, on morphosyntactic issues, on subject licensing and case, and on phonology. The acquisition section includes contributions on first, bilingual and second language acquisition of functional structure, word structure, quantification and stress.

Table of contents

Preface v
Contents vii
Part One. Theory
Operator Asymmetries in Romanian: Syntax and/or Phonology
Gabriela Alboiu 3–18 uantifier Scope and the Structure of faire-par
Jean-Marc Authier and Lisa A. Reed 19–32
An OT Treatment of Palatal Fortition in Argentinian Spanish
Gary K. Baker and Caroline R. Wiltshire 33–48
Person Licensing and the Derivation of PCC Effects
Susana Béjar and Milan Rezac 49–62
On the Evolution of the Short High Vowels of Latin into Romance
Andrea Calabrese 63–94
Weak Forms as Xo: Prenominal Possessives and Preverbal Adverbs in European Portuguese
Ana Castro and João Costa 95–110
A Control-vs-Raising Theory of Dative Experiencers
Maria Cristina Cuervo 111–130
Selective and Unselective Manner Operators
Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Chad Howe 131–147
Residual Tobler-Mussafia in French Dialects
Paul Hirschbühler and Marie Labelle 149–164
Events, States and the French Imparfait
Marie Labelle 165–180
NP-Subject Inversion in French and (Preposed) Adverbs
Karen Lahousse 181–196
Infinitive Clauses as Substitutes for Subjunctive Clauses in Brazilian Portuguese
Heloisa Maria Moreira Lima-Salles 197–208
Weight and Opacity in Surmiran
Jean-Pierre Montreuil 209–222
French Clitics and Object Splits: A Case Study in Microvariation
Marie-Thérèse Vinet 223–244
Part Two. Acquisition
Why is it Difficult to Reach Agreement?
Larisa Avram and Martine Coene 247–262
Supporting the Separate Systems Hypothesis: A Case Study in Bilingual Acquisition of Italian and German
Julia Berger-Morales and Manola Salustri 263–280
Analogy as a Learning tool in Second Language Acquisition: The Case of Spanish Stress
Barbara E. Bullock and Gillian Lord 281–297
Acquiring the Syntax of beaucoup at a distance as a Bilingual Child: An Experimental Study
Aafke Hulk, Janneke Peet and Leonie Cornips 299–316
Spanish L1/L2 Crossroads: Can We Get ‘There’ from ‘Here’?
Juana M. Liceras 317–350
Null Subjects and the Setting of Subject Agreement Parameters in Child French
Bernadette Plunkett 351–366
On the Nature of Root Infinitives in Adult L2 French
Philippe Prévost 367–384
Subject Index 385–388

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Generative Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114309
ISBN-13: 9781588114303
Pages: viii, 388 pp.
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