The annual Going Romance conference has developed into the major European discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages where current ideas about language in general and about Romance languages in particular are tested. The twenty-third Going Romance conference was a very special one: for the first time it was not hosted by one of the Dutch universities, but was co-organized by the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis and held in France at the Maison du Seminaire in Nice from 3-5 December 2009. The present volume contains a broad range of peer-reviewed articles dealing with syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and acquisition of the Romance languages as well as selected papers from the special workshop dealing with linguistic change in relation to linguistic theory.
1. Introduction; 2. Expressing contrast in Romanian: The conjunction iar (by Bilbiie, Gabriela); 3. When the benefit is on the fringe (by Boneh, Nora); 4. Degree fronting in Quebec French and the syntactic structure of degree quantifier DPs (by Bouchard, David-Etienne); 5. On sentence-internal le meme ('the same') in French and pluractionality (by Charnavel, Isabelle); 6. Topic prominence is not a factor of variation between Brazilian and European Portuguese (by Costa, Joao); 7. When Dialectology studies contribute to lexical semantics and to Etymology: The contribution of the Romance language area (by Dalbera, Jean-Philippe); 8. Cartography and agrammatic syntactic production in Ibero-Romance (by Gavarro, Anna); 9. The valuation of gender agreement in DP: Evidence from Afro-Bolivian Spanish (by Gutierrez-Rexach, Javier); 10. (Definite) denotation and case in Romance: History and variation (by Manzini, Maria Rita); 11. Compounding in Romance and English (by Marchis, Michaela); 12. Epistemic modals in the past (by Martin, Fabienne); 13. Floating parenthetical coordinate clauses (by Matos, Gabriela); 14. Unfortunate questions: Evaluative adverbs in questions in French (by Mayol, Laia); 15. Typology or reconstruction: The benefits of Dialectology for diachronic analysis (by Olivieri, Michele); 16. Sentential coordination and ellipsis: Free exceptives in Spanish (by Perez-Jimenez, Isabel); 17. Underapplication of vowel reduction to schwa in Majorcan Catalan productive derivation and verbal inflection (by Pons-Moll, Claudia); 18. Focus and the development of N-words in Spanish (by Poole, Geoffrey); 19. On verbal duplication in River Plate Spanish: Anti-adjacency and head copy deletion (by Saab, Andres); 20. Stylistic Fronting and Remnant movement in Old French (by Meklenborg Salvesen, Christine); 21. Person restrictions and the representation of third person - an argument from Barceloni Catalan (by Walkow, Martin); 22. Definite DPs without lexical nouns in French: Clausal modifiers and relativization (by Zribi-Hertz, Anne); 23. Index