Syntactic Change in Contact - Romance
Roberta D'Alessandro
May 2020

Language change as a result of language contact is approached in many different ways, and with a number of different methodologies. This article provides an overview of the main approaches to syntactic change in contact, focusing on the Romance language group. It also shows that microcontact, i.e. contact between minimally different grammars, is a necessary dimension to be considered within contact studies, as it provides insights that are often radically different from those provided by the observation of contact between maximally different languages. Questions and suggestions: welcome!
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Reference: lingbuzz/005081
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Published in: to appear in Annual Review of Linguistics
keywords: syntax, change in contact, microcontact, null subjects, differential object marking, deixis, syntax
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