New Approaches to Old Problems

New Approaches to Old Problems : Issues in Romance historical linguistics

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This volume contains revised versions of thirteen of the papers presented at the parasession, "New Solutions to Old Problems: Issues in Romance Historical Linguistics", held as part of the 29th Linguistic Symposium on the Romance Languages (1999). These studies examine specific problems in Romance historical linguistics within the framework of new analytical approaches, many of which represent extensions into the diachronic realm of methodologies and theories originally formulated to explain aspects of synchronic phonology and syntax. Insights afforded by Principles and Parameters, the Minimalist Program, Optimality Theory, grammaticalization theory, and sociohistorical linguistics are used to elucidate such long-standing issues in traditional historical grammar as diphthongization in Hispano-Romance, syncope of intertonic vowels in Hispano- and Gallo-Romane, Romance lenition, the role of analogy in morphological change, word order, infinitival constructions, and the collocation of clitic object pronouns in Old French and Old more

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  • Hardback | 249 pages
  • 154.9 x 223.5 x 17.8mm | 408.24g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110214
  • 9781588110213

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. Introduction (by Dworkin, Steven N.); 3. Part I. General Problems; 4. Beyond Parameters (by Wanner, Dieter); 5. A New View of Grammaticalization to Replace the 'Cycle' in Historical Romance Linguistics (by Klausenburger, Jurgen); 6. Part II. Phonology and Morphology; 7. Romance Lenition (by Cravens, Thomas D.); 8. An OT Approach to Atonic Vowel Loss Patterns in Old French and Old Spanish (by Hartkemeyer, Dale); 9. Analogy and Optimality Theory in a Morphological Change of Southwest Spanish (by Martinez, Glenn A.); 10. Linking Social Change and Linguistic Change: Koineization in Early Castile (by Tuten, Donald N.); 11. Part III. Syntax and Semantics; 12. Syntactic Diffusion in Spanish and Portuguese Infinitival Complements (by Davies, Mark); 13. The Role of Features in Historical Change (by Dufresne, Monique); 14. Spanish Object Agreement Markers and the Typology of Object Agreement Morphology (by Enrique-Arias, Andres); 15. Evolving Tobler-Mussafia Effects in the Placements of French Clitics (by Hirschbuhler, Paul); 16. Grammaticalization Chains and French Complex-Inversion (by Johnson, Ken); 17. A Minimalist Perspective on Wackernagel's Law (by Mallen, Enrique); 18. Infinitive Subordinators and Verb Restructuring in French (by Martineau, France); 19. Subject Indexshow more