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The Use of Definite Articles in Romance Languages: Diffusion or Independent Development

Abstract Over the centuries, definite articles in Romance languages have expanded their use to include generic, collective, and abstract nouns, essentially becoming noun markers. This usage is not confined to just a few languages, either, but is found in most, if not all, Romance languages, major and minor. This thesis examines the question of how this came to be, whether through diffusion from one language to all others, or through independent parallel development. I first trace the history of definite articles in three major Romance languages, French, Spanish, and Italian, starting with the emergence of the definite article in Late Latin as it derived from Classic Latin demonstratives. It includes an analysis of the use of definite articles in six... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Perry, Mabry (Author) / Van Gelderen, Elly (Advisor) / Pruitt, Kathryn (Committee member) / Adams, Karen (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / Definite Articles / French / Italian / Romance Languages / Spanish
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 68 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Linguistics and Applied Linguistics 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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