21.3309, Books: Historical Linguistics: Alkire, Rosen

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From: Daniel Davies < ddavies at cambridge.org >
Subject: Romance Languages: Alkire, Rosen
 

	
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Title: Romance Languages 
Subtitle: A Historical Introduction 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521717847 


Author: Ti Alkire
Author: Carol Rosen

Electronic: ISBN:  9780511731211 Pages: 388 Price: U.S. $ 33.00
Hardback: ISBN:  9780521889155 Pages: 388 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9780521717847 Pages: 388 Price: U.K. £ 23.99


Abstract:

New Edition

Ti Alkire and Carol Rosen trace the changes that led from colloquial Latin to 
five major Romance languages, those which ultimately became national or 
transnational languages: Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and 
Romanian. Trends in spoken Latin altered or dismantled older categories in 
phonology and morphology, while the regional varieties of speech, evolving 
under diverse influences, formed new grammatical patterns, each creating its 
own internal regularities. Documentary sources for spoken Latin show the 
beginnings of this process, which comes to full fruition in the medieval 
emergence of written Romance languages. This book newly distills the facts 
into an appealing program of study, including exercises, and makes the 
difficult issues clear, taking well motivated and sometimes innovative stands. 
It provides not only an essential guide for those new to the topic, but also a 
reliable compendium for the specialist.

- Balances a more technical approach with a discursive treatment of relevant 
historical circumstances, the contact languages and their influence 
- Each chapter contains exercises for readers to practise and consolidate 
knowledge 
- Contains etymological information linking English words to Romance 
languages 



Contents

Introduction; 
1. The evolution of stressed vowels; 
2. Early changes in syllable structure and consonants; 
3. Consonant weakening and strengthening; 
4. New palatal consonants; 
5. More about vowels: raising, yod effects, and nasalization; 
6. Verb morphology: the present indicative; 
7. Verb morphology: systemic reorganization; 
8. Noun and adjective morphology; 
9. History and structure of Portuguese: an overview; 
10. History and structure of Romanian: an overview; 
11. Formation of the Romance lexicon; 
12. Emergence of the Romance vernaculars; 
Suggestions for further reading; 
Works cited; 
Index of topics.

Reviews

'This attractive textbook is a great opportunity to bring the unique historical 
and typological richness of the Romance languages to today's students of 
language and linguistics and empower them to continue its exploration on 
their own. In its carefully gradated approach at complex issues of phonology 
and morphology, the authors provide readers with an analytical in-depth 
investigation of the diachronic developments in Spanish, French, and Italian, 
complemented by coherent sketches of Portuguese and Romanian. The book 
sets a new standard for focus, relevance, and accuracy of data as well as 
broadly informed and open-minded assessment of competing explanations 
offered in the literature. Readers who work their way through the book will 
come away from it with a structured picture of this fascinating language 
family spanning 2000 years of varying divergence and convergence.' Dieter 
Wanner, The Ohio State University

'A user-friendly and straightforward approach to the topic, which cuts through 
much of the excessive and dense detail of traditional treatments.' Adam 
Ledgeway, University of Cambridge 


Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                     Italian (ita)
                     Latin (lat)
                     Portuguese (por)
                     Romanian (ron)
                     Spanish (spa)

Language Family(ies): Romance


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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