This volume contains a selection of nineteen peer-reviewed papers from the 40th annual Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL) held at the University of Washington in March 2010. In addition to overviews of Romance linguistics by the editor and by Jurgen Klausenburger in the keynote article, contributions cover a variety of linguistic theoretical topics and a range of Romance languages, including Old and Modern French, Italian, Romanian as well as several dialects of Spanish and Portuguese. A number of papers deal with the morphophonology of Peninsular Spanish languages, agreement anomalies, generic interpretation, and the syntax/semantics of determiners, particularly of Romanian. Both the topics and the languages discussed in this volume are tied together by a number of leitmotifs, and several articles present phenomena not previously considered. The volume makes significant contributions both to the documentation of Romance languages and to linguistic theory, and will be of interest to Romance and general linguistics scholars.
1. Foreword and acknowledgements; 2. Editor's introduction; 3. Theory and practice in Romance linguistics today: The importance of the annual LSRL (by Klausenburger, Jurgen); 4. Part I. Morphophonology; 5. On the origins of /i/ in Romanian (by Renwick, Margaret E.L.); 6. An acoustic investigation of nasal place neutralization in Spanish: Default place assignment and phonetic underspecification (by Ramsammy, Michael); 7. An acoustic study of rhotics in onset clusters in La Rioja (by Weissglass, Christine); 8. Mid front vowel lowering before rhotics in Ibero-Romance (by Bradley, Travis G.); 9. Plural formation in Galician (by Colina, Sonia); 10. Part II. Syntax; 11. On bare subject relative clauses in Old French (by Arteaga, Deborah); 12. Directed motion in Medieval French (by Troberg, Michelle); 13. An ergative analysis of French valency alternations (by Doron, Edit); 14. Peninsular Spanish pre-nominal possessives in ellipsis contexts: A Phase-based account (by Saez, Luis); 15. On the nature of nominal features: Agreement mismatches in Spanish conjoined structures (by Demonte, Violeta); 16. On the nature of bare nouns in Afro-Bolivian Spanish (by Gutierrez-Rexach, Javier); 17. Negative imperatives in Portuguese and other Romance languages (by Cavalcante, Rerisson); 18. Part III. Semantic interfaces; 19. Another look at Italian generic sentences (by Mari, Alda); 20. The agreement of collective DPS in Romanian (by Croitor, Blanca); 21. A multidominance account for conjoined questions in Romanian (by Ratiu, Dafina); 22. The Romanian verbal cluster and the theory of head movement (by Giurgea, Ion); 23. New challenges in the area of semantic dependencies: The Romanian epistemic constraint (by Falaus, Anamaria); 24. Polarity particles in English and Romanian (by Farkas, Donka F.); 25. Index