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Gender from Latin to Romance: History, Geography, Typology

Michele Loporcaro


The book addresses grammatical gender in Romance, and its development from Latin. It works with the toolbox of current linguistic typology, and asks the fundamental question of how the Latin grammatical gender system gradually changed into those of the Romance languages. To answer this question, the book capitalizes on the pervasive dialect variation of which the better-known standard Romance languages only represent a fragment. Indeed, inspection of dialect variation across time and space forces one to dismiss the handbook account proclaiming that the neuter gender, contrasting with masculine ... More

Keywords: Romance diachronic linguistics, dialects, linguistic typology, gender, morphosyntax, morphology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199656547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Loporcaro, author
Full Professor of Romance Linguistics, University of Zurich