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Mon Aug 16 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics: Alkire, Rosen

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Romance Languages: Alkire, Rosen

Message 1: Romance Languages: Alkire, Rosen
Date: 11-Aug-2010
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Subject: Romance Languages: Alkire, Rosen
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Title: Romance Languages Subtitle: A Historical Introduction Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Ti Alkire Author: Carol Rosen Electronic: ISBN: 9780511731211 Pages: 388 Price: U.S. $ 33.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521889155 Pages: 388 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521717847 Pages: 388 Price: U.K. £ 23.99

New Edition

Ti Alkire and Carol Rosen trace the changes that led from colloquial Latin tofive major Romance languages, those which ultimately became national ortransnational languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, andRomanian. Trends in spoken Latin altered or dismantled older categories inphonology and morphology, while the regional varieties of speech, evolvingunder diverse influences, formed new grammatical patterns, each creating itsown internal regularities. Documentary sources for spoken Latin show thebeginnings of this process, which comes to full fruition in the medievalemergence of written Romance languages. This book newly distills the factsinto an appealing program of study, including exercises, and makes thedifficult issues clear, taking well motivated and sometimes innovative stands.It provides not only an essential guide for those new to the topic, but also areliable compendium for the specialist.

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


Introduction;1. The evolution of stressed vowels;2. Early changes in syllable structure and consonants;3. Consonant weakening and strengthening;4. New palatal consonants;5. More about vowels: raising, yod effects, and nasalization;6. Verb morphology: the present indicative;7. Verb morphology: systemic reorganization;8. Noun and adjective morphology;9. History and structure of Portuguese: an overview;10. History and structure of Romanian: an overview;11. Formation of the Romance lexicon;12. Emergence of the Romance vernaculars;Suggestions for further reading;Works cited;Index of topics.


'This attractive textbook is a great opportunity to bring the unique historicaland typological richness of the Romance languages to today's students oflanguage and linguistics and empower them to continue its exploration ontheir own. In its carefully gradated approach at complex issues of phonologyand morphology, the authors provide readers with an analytical in-depthinvestigation of the diachronic developments in Spanish, French, and Italian,complemented by coherent sketches of Portuguese and Romanian. The booksets a new standard for focus, relevance, and accuracy of data as well asbroadly informed and open-minded assessment of competing explanationsoffered in the literature. Readers who work their way through the book willcome away from it with a structured picture of this fascinating languagefamily spanning 2000 years of varying divergence and convergence.' DieterWanner, The Ohio State University

'A user-friendly and straightforward approach to the topic, which cuts throughmuch of the excessive and dense detail of traditional treatments.' AdamLedgeway, University of Cambridge

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): French (fra)                             Italian (ita)                             Latin (lat)                             Portuguese (por)                             Romanian (ron)                             Spanish (spa) Language Family(ies): Romance
Written In: English (eng )

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