The Diachrony of Ibero-Romance Languages

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The Diachrony of Ibero-Romance Languages: Between Theoretical-Methodological Assumptions and Linguistic Description

Paulo Osório

Several researchers have devoted their studies to the central issue of this theme issue (among others, Cardeira, 2005; Castro, 2006; Maia, 1986; Mattos e Silva, 1989, 1991, 1994, 2004; Osório, 2002), all of whom are consensual when they consider that linguistic change is the object of historical linguistics, which, according to Coseriu (1978), has as motivating factors internal and external phenomena, which are seen with different perspectives by the various theories and linguistic schools. In this sense, this theme issue accepts submissions that discuss different theories and methodologies applicable to Historical Linguistics, namely with regard to the identification of theories, sources and methods in the area; the recognition of the complementarity of synchronic and diachronic methods; the contributions of the historical sciences and the social and human sciences to the study of Change; to the reflection on the importance of the constitution and treatment of corpora, allowing to characterize any period of past phases of the language, among others.
However, this volume is also open to the description, from a diachronic point of view, of linguistic phenomena in Ibero-Romance languages, with a view to identifying linguistic alterations from Latin and its differentiation in a Hispanic context to the characterization of intervening factors. in the formation of these languages. The linguistic description of these languages is of the utmost importance, since their genesis and history mark their current course. It would be very useful to have contributions that could compare them in terms of their historical evolution, highlighting the factors that currently allow them to establish their linguistic differentiation. With regard to Galician-Portuguese, for example, which emerged between the 9th and 12th centuries, decisive factors in its specificity were, among others, the isolation of the Northwestern languages of the Peninsula, both in relation to the East (the Leonese and Castilian), as well as in the south, where Lusitanian-Mozarabic dialects were used, spoken beyond a border, difficult to delimit, located somewhere between the Douro and Mondego, perhaps defined by the Vouga valley. It should be added, by way of illustration, that within the Ibero-Romance languages, Galician-Portuguese is the most western, the most conservative and, perhaps, the most typical (Riiho, 1994: 498), because Castilian, originating from a only superficially Romanized region, in the vicinity of the Basque Country, has some structures of an exceptional nature and Catalan, in turn, is already very close to the Gallo-Romance languages. Due to the innovations of Castilian, however, and the resulting greater distance from Latin, Portuguese ends up having more phonic affinities with Catalan (Vide Riiho, 1994: 498).


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1. Seminar with the presentation of works: September 7, 2023

2. Submission of texts to the Journal: November 15, 2023


Afranio Gonçalves Barbosa - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Alexandra Fiéis - Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Ana María García Martín - Faculdade de Filologia da Universidade de Salamanca
Carmen Gouveia - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra
Célia Lopes - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Clara Barros - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Esperança Cardeira - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Izete Lehmkuhl Coelho - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
João Paulo Silvestre - Universidade de Aveiro
João Veloso - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Macau e Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
Juanito Avelar - Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem da UNICAMP
Marco Martins - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Maria Antonieta Cohen - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Natival Simões Neto - Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana
Ramón Mariño Paz - Instituto de Língua Galega e Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

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