Nasal Vowel Evolution in Romance

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This book provides a complete, comparative, nongallocentric account of nasality in all the Romance languages. It demonstrates the central role of nasality in the history of sound changes in the languages of southern Europe. In doing so, it assembles a large amount of important philological andlinguistic data previously dispersed and difficult to access, and organizes it in a way that allows the author (and will allow the reader) to analyse it systematically.Two introductory chapters discuss general principles of nasality and Romance nasalization. Subsequent chapters are then devoted to each language. The author considers all the standard varieties and a substantial range of non-standard varieties, and identifies broad characteristics of vowelnasalization in Romance. In the the final chapter he makes a clear bridge between the data-rich discussion of individual languages and the isolation of language universals.This is will be the standard work in its field for many years. It will be of central interest to linguists and philologists of Romance, as well as to those concerned more generally to understand the causes, patterns, and processes of sound change.
 

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Sampson you beautiful human being, I have been searching for weeks for an explanation I can quote as to why Latin ūna changes to Portuguese uma. Thank you.

Contents

Vowel Nasalization in Romance
32
The Latin Background
41
French
53
NonStandard Varieties of langue doil
113
Occitan
138
Catalan and Spanish
158
GalicianPortuguese
175
RhetoRomance
219
Sardinian and Corsican
282
Romanian Balkan Romance
298
Retrospect and Prospects
339
Maps
351
Bibliography
367
Subject index
389
Index of localities
411
Copyright

1o ItaloRomance
235

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About the author (1999)

Rodney Sampson, Senior Lecturer in Romance Philology, University of Bristol.

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