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Title: Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2003
Subtitle: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' 2003, Nijmegen, 20–22 November
Edited By: Twan Geerts
Ivo van Ginneken
Haike Jacobs
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20270
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 270

The annual Going Romance conference is the major European discussion forum
for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current
ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular
are tested. Starting with the thirteenth conference held in 1999, volumes
with selected papers of the conferences are published under the title
Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory, This is the fifth such volume,
containing a selection of papers that have been presented at the
seventeenth Going Romance conference, held at the Radboud University
Nijmegen (The Netherlands) from 20–22 November 2003. The three-day program
included a workshop on 'Diachronic Phonology.' The present volume contains
a broad range of articles dealing not only with syntax and phonology, but
also with morphology, semantics and acquisition of the Romance languages.

Table of contents

An Integrated Approach to Variation in OT: Evidence from Brazilian
Portuguese and Picard
Walcir Cardoso 1–13

On Facts in the Syntax and Semantics of Italian
Denis Delfitto 15–35

On the Status of Stems in Morphological Theory
David Embick and Morris Halle 37–62

Italian [VN] Compound Nouns: A Case for a Syntactic Approach to Word Formation
Franca Ferrari-Bridgers 63–79

The Development of Liquids from Latin to Campidanian Sardinian: The Role of
Contrast and Structural Similarity
Chiara Frigini 81–96

Clitic Placement and the Position of Subjects in the History of European
Charlotte Galves and Maria Clara Paixão de Sousa 97–113

Subject Inversion in Spanish Relatice Clauses: A case of Prosody - Induced
Word order Variation without Narrow Focus
Rodrigo Gutièrrez-Bravo 115–128

Attrition and Interpretable Features
Corine Helland 129–142

Acceleration in Bilingual First Language Acquisition
Tanja Kupisch 143–159

'Focus VS': A Special Type of French NP subject inversion
Karen Lahousse 161–176

Aspectual Quantization and [±] Accusative Case Checking in Romance
Juan Martín 177–196

Strata, Yes; Structure Preservation, No. Evidence from Spanish
Iggy Roca 197–218

Durational Asymmetries and the Theory of Quantity: Temporal Proportions at
Phonetic Interface
Mario Saltarelli 219–234

What Lenition and Fortition Tell us about Gallo-Romance Muta cum Liquida
Tobias Scheer and Philippe Ségéral 235–267

The Lazy Frenchman's Approach to the Subjunctive: Speculations on Reference
to Worlds and Semantics Defaults in the Analysis of Mood
Philippe Schlenker 269–309

Vowel Centralization in Romanian Verbs of Slavic Origin: Deliberate
Exploitation of an Indigenous Sound Change?
Kim Schulte 311–325

On the Rumanian kt>pt Shift: Coda Lenition or Melodic Contamination?
Delphine Seigneur and Claudine Pagliano 327–342

Evidence for a Cue-based Theory of Language Change and Language
Acquisition: The Null Object in Brazilian Portuguese
Ruth V. Lopes and Sonia Cyrino 343–359

Subject Index 361–363

Author Index 365–369

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): French
Language Family(ies): Romance
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247846
ISBN-13: 9789027247841
Pages: viii, 369
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