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Title: New Perspectives on Romance Linguistics
Subtitle: Vol. I: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics
Edited By: Chiyo Nishida
Jean-Pierre Y. Montreuil
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20275
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 275

Part of the set: Montreuil, Jean-Pierre Y. and Chiyo Nishida (eds.), New
Perspectives on Romance Linguistics: Vol. I: Morphology, Syntax,
Semantics, and Pragmatics; Vol. II: Phonetics, Phonology and Dialectology.
2 Vols. set. Selected papers from the 35th Linguistic Symposium on
Romance Languages (LSRL), Austin, Texas, February 2005.

This is the first of two volumes emanating from the Linguistic Symposium on
Romance Languages held at the University of Texas at Austin in February
2005. It features the keynote address delivered by Denis Bouchard on
exaptation and linguistic explanation, as well as seventeen contributions by
emerging and internationally recognized scholars of Spanish, French, Italian,
as well as Rumanian. While the emphasis bears on formal analyses, the
coverage is remarkably broad, as topics range from morphology, syntax,
semantics, pragmatics and language acquisition. Each article seeks to
represent a new perspective on these topics and a variety of frameworks and
concepts are exploited: distributive morphology, entailment theory,
grammaticalization, information structure, left-periphery, polarity lattice,
spatial individuation, thematic hierarchy, etc. This volume will challenge
anyone interested in current issues in theoretical Romance Linguistics.

Table of contents

A Polarity-Sensitive Disjunction: Spanish ni … ni
Raúl Aranovich 1
Taking a Closer Look at Romance VN Compounds
Reineke Bok-Bennema and Brigitte Kampers-Manhe 13
Beyond Descriptivism: Exaptation and Linguistic Explanation
Denis Bouchard 27
Do Subjects Have a Place in Spanish?
José Camacho 51
On the Conceptual Role of Number
Viviane Déprez 67
The Diachronic Development of a French Indefinite Pronoun: Comparing
Chacun to Auncun
Amanda Edmonds 83
A Syntactic Analysis of Italian Deverbal-Nouns
Franca Ferrari-Bridgers 97
V-N Compounds In Italian: A Case Of Agreement in Word Formation
Martina Gracanin-Yuksek 113
A Reinterpretation of Quirky Subjects and Related Phenomena in Spanish
Rodrigo Gutièrrez-Bravo 127
Cognitive Constraints on Assertion Scope: The Case of Spoken French
Parce que
Knud Lambrecht, Julia Bordeaux and Robert Reichle 143
Avant que- or Avant de-Clauses: When Presupposition Gives Way to
an 'Assertive Construction'
Anne Le Draoulec 155
Null Directional Prepositions in Romanian and Spanish
Jonathan E. MacDonald 69
A Unified Account for the Additive and the Scalar Uses of Italian Neppure
Alda Mari and Lucia M. Tovena 187
Default Morphology in Second Language Spanish: Missing Inflection or
Underspecified Inflection?
Corrine McCarthy 201
Early Object Omission in Child French and English
Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux, Mihaela Pirvulescu and Yves Roberge 213
Agreement Paradigms Across Moods and Tenses
Mihaela Pirvulescu 229
Italian Volerci: Lexical Verb or Functional Head?
Cinzia Russi 247
Restructuring of Reverse Psychological Predicate
Almeida Jacqueline Toribio and Carlos Nye 263
Subject Index 279

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): French
Language Family(ies): Romance
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027247897
ISBN-13: 9789027247896
Pages: 288
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