New Perspectives on Romance Linguistics
Vol. II: Phonetics, Phonology and Dialectology. Selected papers from the 35th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Austin, Texas, February 2005
This is the second of two volumes emanating from the <i>Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages </i>held at the University of Texas at Austin in February 2005. It features the keynote addresses delivered by Prof. Jacques Durand on the <i>Phonology of Contemporary French Project</i> and Prof. John Charles Smith on skeuomorphy and refunctionalization. It also includes eleven contributions by reputed scholars on topics ranging from phonetics, phonology, morphophonology, dialectology, sociolinguistics and language variation. Formal phonology papers favor the model of Optimality Theory, while phonetic measurements serve as the basis for sociolinguistic and dialectometric studies. Many of these studies emphasize new comparative, typological approaches to Romance data (including many non-standard varieties of French, Italian and Spanish). This volume will be of interest to all Romance linguists.