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From Latin to Romance: Morphosyntactic Typology and Change

Adam Ledgeway


This book examines the grammatical changes that took place in the transition from Latin to the Romance languages. The emerging language underwent changes in three fundamental areas involving the noun phrase, verb phrase, and the sentence. The impact of the changes can be seen in the reduction of the Latin case system; the appearance of auxiliary verb structures to mark such categories as tense, mood, and voice; and a shift towards greater rigidification of word order. The book considers how far these changes are interrelated and compares their various manifestations and pace of change across t ... More

Keywords: grammatical changes, Latin, Romance languages, noun phrase, verb phrase, sentence, Latin case system, auxiliary verb, tense, mood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584376
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584376.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Ledgeway, author
Senior Lecturer in Romance Philology, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge