This book provides an up-to-date survey of the role of linguistic and cultural interaction in the process of language change. It covers theoretical issues; different forms of language contact in Medieval and Renaissance Italy; and dialect transition and diversity in the North and South of Italy.
1. On Re-reading Weinreich's Languages in Contact 2. Languages in Contact in Medieval Italy 3. Latin and Italian in Contact in Some Renaissance Grammars 4. Latin and Vernacular in Contact in the Sixteenth Century: The Latin Model of Giambullari's Grammar 5. Markedness, Salience and Language Change: Exploring an Italo-Romance Transition Area 6. The North—South Axis of Romance: Contact Reinforcing Typology? 7. Accommodating Synonymy: How Some Italo-Romance Verbs React to Lexical and Morphological Borrowings 8. Syntactic Borrowing as a Function of Register 9. The Dual Complementizer System in Southern Italy: Spirito Greco, Materia Romanza? 10. Dialectology and History: The Problem of the Adriatic—Tyrrhenian Dialect Corridor 11. The Maghreb Papers in Italian Discovered by Joe Cremona 12. Languages and Varieties in Use in Malta Today: Maltese, English, Italian, Maltese English and Maltaliano 13. Languages in Contact with and without Speaker Interaction