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Problemi di ricostruzione etimologica romanza. Sp. ayuno, sd. camp. [a'unu] 〉digiuno〈 e sd. log. [a'unu] 〉companatico〈

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This paper discusses the controversy surrounding the new methodological approach advanced by the Dictionnaire Etymologique Roman, which has posed a radical, tantalizing challenge to Romance etymological research. The project recently edited by Buchi and Schweickard overturns most basic and – since Meyer-Lübke – long-held assumptions about the reconstruction of Proto-Romance, and makes a powerful point for restoring both the phonological shape and the semantic load and evolution of the lexical units recovered from the ancestor's language. Two main, controversial contentions of the new stance adopted by the DÉRom concern a reconstruction solely accomplished through a systematic comparison of the forms descending from the Proto-language, and a comparison limited to the major Romance languages. The paper aims at reconciling the few criticisms levelled at this new approach with the points of view held by its contenders, showing the benefits descending from a thorough formal and semantic reconstruction, but also the indisputable need to resort to Latin written attestations and minor Romance evidence to fully meet the requirements of a refined etymological method.
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Language: Italian

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2017

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  • Romanische Forschungen is one of the oldest German academic journals dedicated to the study of the Romance languages, their literatures, and cultures from all periods. Its editors and editorial board emphasize the interrelatedness of linguistics and literary studies and encourage the submission of articles and reviews with a focus on the Romance world as a whole. Romanische Forschungen publishes in all the major Romance languages, German and English.

    Die Romanischen Forschungen sind eine der ältesten deutschen Fachzeitschriften. Ihr Gegenstand sind die romanischen Sprachen, Literaturen und Kulturen von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgeber und Beirat pflegen die Verbindung von Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft und bevorzugen Beiträge und Rezensionen mit einer gesamtromanischen Fragestellung. Die Publikationssprachen sind außer allen romanischen Sprachen das Deutsche und Englische.
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