A Romance Perspective on Language Knowledge and Use: Selected Papers from the 31st Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LRSL), Chicago, 19-22 April 2001

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Luis L?pez, Richard Cameron
John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
Twenty-one articles from the 31st LSRL investigate cutting-edge issues and interfaces across phonology, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, semantics, and syntax in multiple dialects of such Romance languages as Catalan, French, Creole French, and Spanish, both old and modern. Research in Romance phonology moves from the quantitative and synchronic to cover issues of diachrony and Optimality theory. Work within pragmatics and sociolinguistics also explores the synchronic/diachronic link while topicalizing such issues as change of non-pro-drop Swiss French toward pro-drop status, scalar implicatures, speech acts, word order, and simplification in contexts of language contact. Finally, debates in linguistic theory are resumed in the work on syntax and semantics within both a Minimalist perspective and an Optimality framework. How do Catalan and French children acquire AGR and TNS? Can Basque Spanish be compared to topic-oriented Chinese? If Spanish preverbal subjects occur in an A-position, can Spanish no longer be compared to Greek?
 

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Contents

A different story from beginning initial to end final
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Consonant intrusion in heterosyllabic consonantliquid clusters in
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A constraint interaction theory of Italian raddoppiamento
59
A perspective from French
83
A scalar propositional negative polarity item in Spanish
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A pragmatic analysis of Imperfect Conditionals
133
Indirect objects in ditransitive constructions in Brazilian Portuguese
151
External request modifications
167
An adaptive approach to noun gender in New York contact Spanish
209
Syntax
224
Aktionsart effects
253
Defaults and competition in the acquisition of functional categories
273
Constraints on the meanings of Bare Nouns
291
Null objects revisited
311
The case of
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Syntax
359

Third person
181
An empirical study
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