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.

Michele Loporcaro, University of Zurich

Former Co-Editor-in-Chief
Francesco Gardani, 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



Acquisition of L1 Phonology in the Romance Languages (Yvan Rose, Laetitia Almeida, Maria João Freitas)
Argument Marking in Romance (Alexandru Nicolae)
Balkan-Romance (Adina Dragomirescu)
Catalan (Francisco Ordóñez)
Central-Southern Italo-Romance (Alessandro De Angelis)
Copulas in the Romance Languages (Christopher Pountain)
Dalmatian (Vegliote) (Martin Maiden)
Ellipsis in the Romance Languages (José M. Brucart, Ángel J. Gallego, Javier Fernández-Sánchez)
Etymology in Romance (Éva Buchi, Steven N. Dworkin)
Finite Verb Morphology in the Romance Languages (Louise Esher, Franck Floricic, Martin Maiden)
French Outside Europe (André Thibault)
History of the Italian Lexicon (Paolo D’Achille)
History of the Occitan and Gascon Lexicon (Hélène Carles, Martin Glessgen)
History of the Spanish Lexicon (Steven N. Dworkin)
Italo-Romance: Venetan (Patrizia Cordin)
Language Contact and the Lexicon of Romance Languages (André Thibault, Nicholas LoVecchio)
The Language of Science and Technology in the Romance Languages (Anne Weber, Bettina Fetzer, Vahram Atayan)
Major Isoglosses in Romània (Marcello Barbato)
Neurolinguistic Research on the Romance Languages (Valentina Bambini, Paolo Canal)
Nominalizations in the Romance Languages (Antonio Fábregas, Rafael Marín)
Partitive Articles in the Romance Languages (Anne Carlier, Béatrice Lamiroy)
Phonological Variation and Change in Latin American Spanish (Pedro Martín-Butragueño, Érika Mendoza)
Portuguese-Lexified Creoles (J. Clancy Clements)
Relative Clauses in the Romance Languages (Carlo Cecchetto, Caterina Donati)
Rhythm in the Romance Languages (Pier Marco Bertinetto)
Spanish-Based Creole Languages (Armin Schwegler, Bart Jacobs, Nicolas Quint)
Structural Semantics in the Romance Languages (Miguel Casas Gómez, Martin Hummel)