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date: 29 November 2022

Case-Marking in the Romance Languageslocked

Case-Marking in the Romance Languageslocked

  • Alexandru NicolaeAlexandru NicolaeInstitute of Linguistics Iorgu Iordan-Alexandru Rosetti

Summary

Case-marking is subject to several important developments in the passage from Latin to the Romance languages. With respect to synthetic marking, nouns and adjectives witness considerable simplification, leading (with some exceptions, i.e., the binary case systems) to the almost complete disappearance of inflectional case-marking, while pronouns continue to show consistent inflectional case-marking. In binary case systems, case distinctions are also marked in the inflection of determiners. Inflectional simplification is compensated for by the profusion of analytic and mixed case-marking strategies and by alternative strategies of encoding grammatical relations.

Subjects

  • Historical Linguistics

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