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Title: Contemporary Approaches to Romance Linguistics
Subtitle: Selected Papers from the 33rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Bloomington, Indiana, April 2003
Edited By: Julie Auger
J. Clancy Clements
Barbara S Vance
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20258
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 258
Description:

This collection of twenty articles, selected from the 33rd annual
Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages held at Indiana University in
2003, presents current theoretical approaches to a variety of issues in
Romance linguistics. Invited speakers Luigi Burzio and José Ignacio Hualde contribute papers on the paradigmatics and syntagmatics of Italian verbal inflection and comparative/diachronic Romance intonation, respectively. The other papers, whose authors include both well-known researchers and younger scholars, represent such areas as French syntax (both synchronic and diachronic), second language acquisition (Spanish & English), Spanish intonation, phonology, syntax, and semantics, Italian semantics, Romanian morphology and syntax, Catalan phonology and morphology, and Galician phonology (two papers). The volume is rounded out by three explicitly comparative studies, one on proto-Romance phonology, one on microvariation in Romance syntax, and a third addressing syntactic microvariation among varieties of French and French-based creoles. Frameworks represented include Optimality Theory, Minimalism, and Construction Grammar.


Table of contents

Case, Agreement, and Expletives: A parametric difference in Old French and
Modern French
Deborah Arteaga and Julia Herschensohn 1–15

Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Relations in Italian Verbal Inflection
Luigi Burzio 17–44

The Role of the L1 in the Overgeneralization of Causatives in L2 English and L2 Spanish
Mónica Cabrera and María Luisa Zubizarreta 45–64

The Inchoative Interpretation of the Imperfecto
Alicia Cipria 65–81

Reinterpreting the CV Transition: Emergence of the glide as an allophone of the palatal lateral
Laura Colantoni 83–102

Intervocalic Velar Nasals in Galician
Sonia Colina 103–120

Null Objects in French and English
Sarah Cummins and Yves Roberge 121–138

Micro-Parametric Variation and Negative Concord
Viviane Déprez and France Martineau 139–158

Contrast and Addition in Romance: A case study in microvariation
Luis Eguren and Cristina Sánchez 159–176

On the Structure of Syncretism in Romanian Conjugation
Ronald F. Feldstein 177–195

Sluicing in Romanian: A typological study
Frederick Hoyt and Alexandra Teodorescu 197–215

Romance Intonation From a Comparative and Diachronic Perspective:
Possibilities and limitations
José Ignacio Hualde 217–237

Romance SE as an Aspectual Element
Paula Kempchinsky 239–256

Proto-Romance *[w] and the Velar Preterites
Eric Lief 257–274

The Phonological Role of Paradigms: The case of insular Catalan
Maria-Rosa Lloret 275–297

A Constraint-Based Analysis of Galician Geada
Fernando Martínez-Gil 299–320

Peak Placement in Two Regional Varieties of Peruvian Spanish Intonation
Erin O'Rourke 321–341

On Intentional Causation in Italian
Antonella Vecchiato 343–360

Inversion, Reconstruction, and the Structure of Relative Clauses
Luis Vicente 361–379

Infinitival Complement Constructions in Spanish: A Construction Grammar approach
Jiyoung Yoon 381–397

Index of Terms and Concepts 399–404

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear
English
French
Galician
Italian
Romanian
Spanish
French, Old
Language Family(ies): Romance
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ISBN: 9027247722
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ISBN: 1588115984
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