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Title: A Romance Perspective on Language Knowledge and Use
Subtitle: Selected papers from the 31st Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Chicago, 1922 April 2001
Edited By: Rafael Núñez-Cedeño
Luis López
Richard Cameron
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT_238
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 238
Description:

Twenty-one articles from the 31st LSRL investigate cutting-edge issues and interfaces across phonology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, semantics, and syntax in multiple dialects of such Romance languages as Catalan, French, Creole French, and Spanish, both old and modern. Research in Romance phonology moves from the quantitative and synchronic to cover issues of diachrony and Optimality theory. Work within pragmatics and sociolinguistics also explores the synchronic/diachronic link while topicalizing such issues as change of non-pro-drop Swiss French toward pro-drop status, scalar implicatures, speech acts, word order, and simplification in contexts of language contact. Finally, debates in linguistic theory are resumed in the work on syntax and semantics within both a Minimalist perspective and an Optimality framework. How do Catalan and French children acquire AGR and TNS? Can Basque Spanish be compared to topic-oriented Chinese? If Spanish preverbal subjects occur in an A-position, can Spanish no longer be compared to Greek?

Table of contents

Introduction and acknowledgment
Rafael Núñez-Cedeño, Luis López and Richard Cameron vii

Phonology and morphology
Pronominal clitics in Picard revisited
Julie Auger 3
Spanish /s/:: A different story from beginning (initial) to end (final)
Esther L. Brown and Rena Torres Cacoullos 21
Consonant intrusion in heterosyllabic cosonant-liquid clusters in Old
Spanish and Old French:: An Optimality theoretical account
Fernando Martínez-Gil 39
A constraint interaction theory of Italian raddoppiamento
Mario Saltarelli 59

Pragmatics and sociolinguistics
Ground/Focus: A perspective from French
Claire Beyssade, Jean-Marie Marandin and Annie Rialland 83
The subject clitics of European Conversational French::
Morphologization, grammatical change, semantic change, and changein progress
Bonnie Fonseca-Greber and Linda R. Waugh 99
A scalar propositional negative polarity item in Spanish
Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Scott A. Schwenter 119
A pragmatic analysis of Imperfect Conditionals
Michela Ippolito 133
Indirect objects in ditransitive constructions in Brazilian Portuguese
H.M.M.-L. Salles and Marta P. Scherre 151
Pragmatic variation in Spanish:: External request modifications in
Peninsular and Uruguayan Spanish
Rosina Márquez Reiter 167
Clitic simplification in a contact variety of Spanish:: Third person accusative pronouns in the Mexican-American community of Houston
N. Ariana Mrak 181
The expression of topic in spoken Spanish:: An empirical study
Francisco Ocampo 195
An adaptive approach to noun gender in New York contact Spanish
Ricardo Otheguy and Naomi Lapidus 209

Syntax
Properties of the double object construction in Spanish
Tonia Bleam 233
Spanish perception verbs and sequence of tenses:: Aktionsart effects
Alicia Cipria 253
Defaults and competition in the acquisition of functional categories in Catalan and French
Lisa Davidson and Géraldine Légendre 273
Constraints on the meanings of Bare Nouns
Viviane Deprez 291
Null objects revisited
Jon A. Franco and Alazne Landa 311
Auxiliary choice and pronominal verb constructions: The case of the passé surcomposé
Kate Paesani 327
The lexical preverbal subject in a Romance Null Subject Language::
Where are thou?
Margarita Suñer 341
Intervention effects in the French wh-in-situ construction:: Syntax or interpretation?
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta 359
Index

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Phonology
Pragmatics
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
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