• Julia HerschensohnEmail author
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 95)


This chapter first gives a historical overview of the importance of Romance linguistics to the development of diachronic and synchronic theory over the past three centuries. It then presents the articles constituting the volume, highlighting the areas of morphosyntax, phonology and language variation, noting that many of them draw on new empirical databases. Several articles cover diachronic and synchronic morphosyntax, particularly focusing on the functional projections of the left periphery of CP and DP (Arteaga, Authier and Haegeman, Donaldson, Labelle, Reed, Zagona and Contreras). Others examine variation in terms of cross-linguistic, diachronic, dialectal and sociolinguistic factors (Bullock and Toribio, Gess, Jacobs, Russi).


Corpora Diachronic change Language variation Left periphery Linguistic theory Minimalist program Morphosyntax Phonology Romance linguistics 


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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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