The Oxford Encyclopedia of Romance Linguistics

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Romance Linguistics is a carefully curated set of articles on Romance Linguistics that will appear both online in the ORE of Linguistics and as a thematic set in print. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Romance Linguistics will include scholarly overview articles on broad, foundational topics, as well as on more specific, emerging topics, enriched online with audio-visual resources and links. It is developed by an editorial board of internationally renowned scholars, led by Michele Loporcaro, Francesco Gardani, Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, Jeroen Claes, Andreas Dufter, Martin Maiden, and Franz Rainer. All of the articles appear online as part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics.

Volume Editors

Michele Loporcaro (Co-Editor in Chief), University of Zurich

Francesco Gardani (Co-Editor in Chief), University of Zurich

Associate Editors

Patricia Cabredo Hofherr, Chargée de recherche, UMR 7023 Structures formelles du langage, CNRS & Paris 8

Jeroen Claes, KU Leuven - Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL)

Andreas Dufter, University of Munich

Martin Maiden, University of Oxford

Franz Rainer, WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)


Overview (language family, subdivisions, individual languages, development of the Romance languages, external history of the Romance languages, sign languages in the Romance-speaking countries, typology of the Romance languages)

Grammar (phonology, morphology, syntax, the syntax/semantics interface, semantics and pragmatics)

Language contact

Dialectology and language geography


Etymology, lexicography/lexicology, language for specific purposes

Highlights in the history of the discipline and perspectives on new methods



Balkan-Romance (Adina Dragomirescu)
Copulas in the Romance Languages (Christopher Pountain)
Dalmatian (Vegliote) (Martin Maiden)
Etymology in Romance (Éva Buchi, Steven N. Dworkin)
Finite Verb Morphology in the Romance Languages (Franck Floricic, Martin Maiden)
Language Contact and the Lexicon of Romance Languages (André Thibault, Nicholas LoVecchio)
Neurolinguistic Research on the Romance Languages (Valentina Bambini, Paolo Canal)