This course explores the linguistic properties characteristic of the Romance language family. We examine the major languages as well as understudied varieties by comparing their phonological, morphological and syntactic properties. A historical perspective allows us to consider how many of the common features of this family evolved from spoken Latin, while their distinctive properties have arisen through both internal and external forces. No prior knowledge of Latin or a Romance language is necessary. For students in either a French Specialist or Major Program and/ or an Italian Specialist or Major Program, written work must be completed in the language of study.
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