From Vulgar Latin to Italian. The beginnings of a database for historical sound change

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2009
End date: 31/12/2009
Funding: 600000 SEK


Historical linguistic has documented and reconstructed phonological developments of many languages and language families, but the usefulness of the material is limited by the fact that it has not been made readily available in a unified form. This is however necessary to create a clearer picture of the historical sound changes that tend to take place more or less frequently in the languages of the world. Such insights would also shed light on many sound patterns in synchronic areal typology that can not be understood without reference to history. The present proposal represents a first step in an effort to construct and analyze a large database reflecting historical sound changes that have taken place in the languages of the world. This is, however, the first project of its kind. A methodologically oriented pilot study is therefore desirable to determine database structure and parameters, and develop a language-independent phonological notation. The contents of the pilot database should be simple but realistic. This preliminary version will thus be limited to the sound history connecting Vulgar Latin and Modern Italian, a well documented developmental path with which I am personally well aquainted.

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