LINGUIST List 15.2837

Mon Oct 11 2004

Books: Historical Ling/Syntax, Romance: Scida

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        1.    Dylan Maiden, The Inflected Infinitive in Romance Languages: Scida

Message 1: The Inflected Infinitive in Romance Languages: Scida

Date: 22-Sep-2004
From: Dylan Maiden <>
Subject: The Inflected Infinitive in Romance Languages: Scida

Title: The Inflected Infinitive in Romance Languages
Series Title: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics

Published: 2004
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)

Author: Emily Scida, University of Virginia

Hardback: ISBN: 0415971063 Pages: 160 Price: U.S. $ 70.00


This book investigates two prominent issues with regard to the inflected
infinitive-the syntactic distribution of the Portuguese inflected
infinitive, and its origin and development from Early Romance. The
syntactic analysis offered here differs from traditional descriptions of
the inflected infinitive in that it uses a theoretical approach to propose
one concise condition which predicts all possible occurrences of the
Portuguese inflected infinitive within the framework of relational grammar.
While the first section of this book offers a synchronic study of the use
of the inflected infinitive, the second section examines the theories
previously posited to explain its origin and provides additional evidence
from Latin and other Romance languages to support the proposal that the
inflected infinitive was a historical development rooted in the Latin
imperfect subjunctive. This study presents a detailed comparison of the
syntactic environments common to both the imperfect subjunctive and the
inflected infinitive, and examines the survival of an inflected infinitive
in other Romance varieties as well as the existence of other inflected
non-finite forms in these languages.

1. Introduction
2. The Syntactic Distribution of the Inflected Infinitive
3. Previous Accounts of the Distribution of the Inflected Infinitive
4. Theories of the Origin of the Portuguese Inflected Infinitive
5. The Imperfect Subjunctive in Latin
6. Distribution of the Inflected Infinitive in the Romance Languages
7. Conclusion

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Romance

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG )

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