2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

The Phonological Development from Latin to Romanian
Anthony L. Baldwin
Dr. Thomas M. Capuano, Faculty Mentor

Languages change over time. This is a constant and unstoppable process, no matter how hard prescriptivists may try to maintain a more proper language . One manner in which languages change is in the sounds that they produce. Latin, the starting line of this study, has evolved over the centuries, markedly so in its phonology (sound system). Moreover, due to the branching of the Latin languages, its sound system too diverged when its daughter languages started emerging. Using a comparative method, these changes of sounds can be traced between the original Latin and the present day Romance. Having already a professional view of these developments for four of the major Romances (Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese) provided by Peter Boyd-Bowman and his From Latin to Romance in Sound Charts, this study offers more specifically the results of these developments of the much neglected Romance language Romanian.

Keywords: Romanian, Linguistics, Latin, Romance, Language, Phonetics, Phonology


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 19-2
Location: MG 1000
Time: 9:45

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