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Vowel Length From Latin to Romance

Michele Loporcaro


The book provides a global reappraisal of a central topic of Romance historical linguistics: the development of vowel length from Latin to the Romance languages and dialects. In Latin, vowel length was contrastive (e.g. mălus ‘bad’ vs mālus ‘apple tree’) but no daughter language has inherited that contrast, though several have established novel vowel length distinctions at different stages of their history and in different ways. While all of these developments deserve attention, the main question the book focuses on is whether a historical link can be established between at least some of the l ... More

Keywords: historical Romance linguistics, phonetics–phonology interface, sound change, dialect variation, dialect reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199656554
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michele Loporcaro, author
Professor of Romance Languages, University of Zurich