LINGUIST List 32.1811

Mon May 24 2021

Books: The Oxford History of Romanian Morphology: Maiden, Dragomirescu, Pană Dindelegan, Uţă, Zafiu

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Date: 27-Jul-2020
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Subject: The Oxford History of Romanian Morphology: Maiden, Dragomirescu, Pană Dindelegan, Uţă, Zafiu
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Title: The Oxford History of Romanian Morphology
Published: 2021
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Martin Maiden
Author: Adina Dragomirescu
Author: Gabriela Pană Dindelegan
Author: Oana Uţă
Author: Rodica Zafiu
Hardback: ISBN: 9780198829485 Pages: 496 Price: U.S. $ 125.00

This book offers the first comprehensive account of the development of the Romanian morphological system. Romanian is one of the most morphologically complex Romance languages, but has remained relatively understudied compared with better-known languages such as French and Spanish. Following an introduction that provides an outline of the history of Romanian, its writing system and major typological characteristics, and the major patterns of allomorphy, chapters in this volume explore a range of fascinatingly complex aspects of Romanian grammar whose structure and history have to date been largely inaccessible to the English-speaking world. Among the most distinctive morphological characteristics of Romanian discussed by the authors are its inflexional case system; the highly unpredictable formation of the plural; the existence of a non-finite verb form that appears to be the continuation of the Latin supine; the near-absence of distinctive subjunctive morphology; and the complex patterns of allomorphy brought about by successive sound change. The frequently controversial origins of many of these developments have important implications for broader historical Romance linguistics and indeed for morphological theory more generally.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Romanian (ron)

Written In: English (eng)

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