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On the Vulgar Latin merger of /b/ and /w/ and its correlation with the loss of intervocalic /w/: Dialectological evidence from inscriptions

Adamik, Béla (2017) On the Vulgar Latin merger of /b/ and /w/ and its correlation with the loss of intervocalic /w/: Dialectological evidence from inscriptions. Pallas, 103. pp. 25-36. ISSN 0031-0387

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Abstract

Related to the summary of Adams, 2013, the present study first of all solves the problem how the absence of a linguistic change, in this case of the merger of /b/ and /w/, from inscriptional corpora can be evidenced. For this purpose, two separate yet interconnected methods, both suggested by J. Herman, will be used and presented. By involving both methods in the analysis of data sets recorded from a selection of Roman provinces already examined in the Computerized Historical Linguistic Database of Latin Inscriptions of the Imperial Age (http://lldb.elte.hu/), not only will we demonstrate that inscriptional data are adequate and reliable for the examination of the B/V confusion, but we will also offer a picture of the frequency of the merger of /b/ and /w/ in Latin over the centuries and in various regions which is more realistic than any explanation before. During this process, a correlation between this merger and the loss of the intervocalic /w/ evidencing the change from [w] to [β] will also be detected and presented for discussion.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PA Classical philology / klasszika-filológia > PA20 Latin / latin filológia
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PC Romance languages / újlatin nyelvek, romanisztika
Depositing User: Dr. Béla Adamik
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 10:06
Last Modified: 03 May 2017 11:46
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/43264

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