The adjective-adverb interface in Romance and English

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Hengeveld classifies English as a ‘differentiated’ language that uses two morphological word-classes for adjective and (manner) adverb. The paper shows that English is instead a language where ‘differentiation’ coexists and competes with ‘flexibility’ (one word-class for adjective and adverb). English shares this feature with Romance, whereas it is distinctive with regard to other Germanic languages. The paper therefore aims at investigating the parallels that can be seen between English and Romance in both, synchrony and diachrony. It will be shown that variationist data are crucial for the understanding of this situation. Shared traditions of linguistic standardization in English and Romance explain common features that cannot be reduced to the typological and functional aspects.


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