Nasal Vowel Evolution in Romance
Oxford University Press, 1999 - Foreign Language Study - 413 pages
Drawing on a wide range of philological and linguistic materials, Rodney Sampson provides for the first time a detailed comparative study tracing the rise and pattern of the evolution of nasal vowels in Romance; a family of language in which vowel nasalization has been richly represented.
Developments across all the standard varieties and some non-standard varieties are considered, enabling broad characteristics of vowel nasalization in Romance to be identified.
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Vowel Nasalization in Romance
The Latin Background
NonStandard Varieties of langue doil
Catalan and Spanish
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