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Romance languages have come to play a central role within general linguistics over the last years. Many minor varieties have attracted the interest of scholars, and this has led to the proliferation of articles and books on Romance. While the understanding of various phenomena in the Romance languages has seen many advances, the documentation side has slowed down significantly. Minor Romance languages are less and less documented, both because of a lack of funds and because they are steadily being replaced by standard languages. Those linguists that still dedicate time and effort towards documenting and describing non-standard Romance varieties are often unable to find a venue to publish their work.
A series on the grammars of Romance languages has been long a desideratum among the linguistic community. The Romance subseries of Brill's series Grammars and Sketches of the World’s Languages finally offers a proper venue for such valuable studies, which will appeal to Romance scholars and students working on Romance, as well as linguists keen to discover information about the numerous Romance varieties that are spoken todays in Europe and the Americas.
The series features books on synchronic and diachronic grammars, the phonology, morphology, and syntax of one or more Romance languages. While these grammars can be theoretically informed, this series does not feature specific theoretical analyses of language phenomena, but aims to be accessible to a broad audience. Theoretical tools are thus welcome, but do not constitute the main aim of the series.

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This volume is a collection of grammar sketches from several Italo-Romance varieties.
The contributions cover various areas of linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax)
and are organized in sections according to the customary geolinguistic classification.
Each chapter provides the description of a salient phenomenon for a given language,
based on novel data, as well as the state-of-the-art knowledge on that phenomenon.
The articles are in-depth studies carried out by prominent experts as well as promising
young scholars.
The theoretical apparatus is kept to a minimum in order to make the book accessible to
scholars without specific expertise. For the same reason, hypotheses and formalisms are
introduced gradually, only if necessary for the description of the data.
In: Advances in Italian Dialectology
In: Advances in Italian Dialectology
In: Advances in Italian Dialectology

The supraspecific taxonomy of the species traditionally attributed to the flea beetle genus Blepharida is discussed. A cladistic analysis, based on 30 morphological characters of traditional Blepharida species, has revealed that two genera occur in Sub-Saharan Africa: Calotheca and Blepharidina Bechyné, 1968. The latter genus is known from Africa, and probably also Madagascar, and has two subgenera: Blepharidina s.str. and Afroblepharida subgen. nov. Twenty-seven traditional Blepharida species are here attributed to the genus Calotheca Heyden, while eighteen species are assigned to the genus Blepharidina Bechyné. Four Blepharidina species, antinorii (Chapuis, ), gedyei (Bryant, ), scripta (Weise, ) and somaliensis (Bryant, ), belong to the new subgenus Afroblepharida. The following new synonymies are established: Eutheca conradsi = Eutheca erlangeri syn. nov. = Blepharidella irregularis syn. nov.; Blepharida marginalis = Blepharida monticola syn. nov. = Blepharida ugandae syn. nov.; Blepharida inornata = Blepharida semisulcata syn. nov.; Blepharidella lewini Weise in = Blepharidella picticollis syn. nov.; Podontia nigrotessellata = Blepharidella rubrosignata syn. nov. = Blepharidella variabilis syn. nov.; Blepharida ornata = Blepharida freyi Bechyné, 1954 syn. nov.; Podontia reticulata = Blepharida guttula syn. nov.; Blepharida antinorii = Blepharida sudanica syn. nov.; Blepharida scripta = Blepharida geminata syn. nov. In addition: Blepharida plagipennis Achard, , its locality certainly mislabeled, is transferred to the New World genus Notozona Chevrolat, ; Calotheca thunbergi is proposed as the new name for Blepharida stolida (Thunberg, ). Finally, an updated catalogue of the known species of Calotheca and Blepharidina is also supplied, including new synonymies, material examined, new faunistic records, distributions and chorotypes.

In: Insect Systematics & Evolution

A taxonomic revision of the species attributed to the subgenus Blepharidina (Afroblepharida) Biondi & D’Alessandro is provided. Seven new species are described: Blepharidina (Afroblepharida) afarensis sp. nov. and B. (A.) tajurensis sp. nov. from Djibouti; B. (A.) bantu sp. nov. from Kenya; B. (A.) benadiriensis sp. nov. from Somalia; B. (A.) nubiana sp. nov. from Sudan; B. (A.) pusilla sp. nov. from Ethiopia and Kenya; B. (A.) zephyra sp. nov. from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Niger and Nigeria. An updated catalogue, including material examined, distributions, chorotypes, and ecological notes, is supplied. The revision comprises a key to the eleven known species, habitus photos, and microscope and scanning electron micrographs of diagnostic characters, including the aedeagus and spermatheca. A phylogenetic analysis based on parsimony was provided. The strict consensus tree was used to put forward a preliminary biogeographical analysis of the taxon in the light of the current distribution of the species.

In: Insect Systematics & Evolution


In this paper we present data from first generation immigrants (G1) and second and third generation heritage speakers of Friulian, a Rhaeto-Romance language spoken in North-Eastern Italy and also found in Argentina and Brazil. The target phenomenon is subject clitics (SCL s). We show that SCL s in heritage Friulian are in a process of being reanalyzed from being agreement markers to pronouns. While SCL s are obligatory in Friulian as spoken in Italy, they are often dropped in heritage Friulian in Argentina and Brazil; this phenomenon, we argue, needs to be interpreted as the drop of pronominal subjects, and not of agreement-like SCL s. We also demonstrate that the use of SCL s (reanalyzed as pronominal subjects) is conditioned both by grammatical factors (it happens more in some grammatical persons than in others) and by discourse factors (they are used more in the case of a continuation topic than in other topicalization contexts). This means that in heritage Friulian, discourse constraints on the expression of subjects are not being lost or weakened; in fact, against the general grammaticalization trend of pronominal forms, new discourse constraints are introduced.

Open Access
In: Heritage Language Journal