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Daco- and Ibero-Romance in contact: on the origin of structural similarities between related languages

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LVII (4), p. 331-354
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:To date, few attempts have been made to systematically examine which kinds of changes are likely to arise due to contact between related languages, though one might suspect that their structural similarities make them particularly susceptible to contact-induced change. The main challenge is to establish, retrospectively, whether features shared by neighbouring, related varieties are the result of prolonged contact, rather than jointly inherited. By identifying changes triggered by a recently established contact situation, we can gain insights into what can or is likely to be borrowed between related languages.
Based on fieldwork undertaken in Castellón de la Plana, a Spanish town with a large Romanian migrant population, the present study shows that transfer between the two locally spoken Ibero-Romance varieties and Romanian is rampant at virtually all levels of linguistic description, a fact that should encourage us to be keep an open mind regarding the origin of structural similarities among related languages.
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 3

References in this publication: 3

16Rebecca PosnerThe Romance LanguagesCambridge University Press1996
36William LabovSociolinguistic PatternsUniversity of Pennsylvania Press; Blackwell1972
40Uriel Weinreich
  • Languages In Contact
    Findings and Problems
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    Constatări și probleme
Linguistic Circle of New York; Editura Universității Transilvania din Brașov1953, 1974; 2013 (trad.)

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