by Rebecca Posner
- examines Romance languages from a wide variety of perspectives, with an analysis that combines philological expertise with insights drawn from modern theoretical linguistics, both synchronic and diachronic. Relates linguistic features to historical and sociological factors, and teases out those elements which can be attributed to divergence from a common source and those which indicate convergence towards a common aim. Extensively illustrated with new and original data, and an up-to-date and comprehensive bibliography is included.
by Ti Alkire & Carol Rosen
- traces 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.
by Joshua Rudder
- introduces you to the basic grammar of Vulgar Latin and the Romance languages. With if you can compare related languages to understand how nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, words, phrases and sentences work throughout this language family. You can challenge yourself to see commonalities among a range of Romance languages and to understand their shared history from Vulgar Latin. Contains examples from major Romance languages like Portuguese, French and Romanian, as well as many regional languages like Catalan, Sardinian and Romansh. Extra materials include comparative grammar tables with notes, a brief tour of Vulgar Latin grammar, a chapter on the pronunciation of Romance, helpful maps and a glossary of language names.
by Joseph B. Solodow
- tells the story of how Latin developed into modern French, Spanish, and Italian, and deeply affected English as well. Offering a gripping narrative of language change, Solodow charts Latin's course from classical times to the modern era, with focus on the first millennium of the Common Era. Though the Romance languages evolved directly from Latin, Solodow shows how every important feature of Latin's evolution is also reflected in English. His story includes scores of intriguing etymologies, along with many concrete examples of texts, studies, scholars, anecdotes, and historical events; observations on language; and more.
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