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From Latin to RomanceMorphosyntactic Typology and Change$
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Adam Ledgeway

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199584376

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584376.001.0001

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The rise and fall of alignments

The rise and fall of alignments

(p.312) 7 The rise and fall of alignments
From Latin to Romance

Adam Ledgeway

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a number of core changes in the transition from Latin to Romance, in relation to an ongoing and as of yet unresolved conflict between two competing alignments in the marking of arguments. It shows that, in the passage from Latin to Romance there has been, to some extent, a largely still unresolved oscillation between two coexistent morphosyntactic alignments. Starting from a largely nominative/accusative orientation, most robustly attested in the nominal system, there is considerable evidence to suggest that Latin and subsequently Romance increasingly developed a series of novel active/stative splits at the level of the verbal group, the sentence, and ultimately the nominal group.

Keywords:   classical Latin, modern Romance, morphosyntax, nominal group, verbal group, sentence

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