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Edited by Roberta D'Alessandro

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.

This is a peer-reviewed series; the editor will work with authors to ensure high standards. For information on book proposals and publishing with Brill, please see the Resources for Authors pages.

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Edited by Roberta D’Alessandro and Diego Pescarini

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Advances in Italian Dialectology

Sketches of Italo-Romance Grammars

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Edited by Roberta D'Alessandro and Diego Pescarini

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.

Maurizio Biondi, Roberta Frasca, Elizabeth Grobbelaar and Paola D’Alessandro

The supraspecific taxonomy of the species traditionally attributed to the flea beetle genus Blepharida Chevrolat, 1836 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 Heyden, 1887 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, 1879), gedyei (Bryant, 1948), scripta (Weise, 1904) and somaliensis (Bryant, 1948), belong to the new subgenus Afroblepharida. The following new synonymies are established: Eutheca conradsi Weise, 1906 = Eutheca erlangeri Weise, 1907 syn. nov. = Blepharidella irregularis Bryant, 1945 syn. nov.; Blepharida marginalis Weise, 1902 = Blepharida monticola Weise, 1926 syn. nov. = Blepharida ugandae Bryant, 1944 syn. nov.; Blepharida inornata Jacoby, 1895 = Blepharida semisulcata Achard, 1922 syn. nov.; Blepharidella lewini Weise in Lewin, 1912 = Blepharidella picticollis Bryant, 1945 syn. nov.; Podontia nigrotessellata Baly, 1865 = Blepharidella rubrosignata Bryant, 1945 syn. nov. = Blepharidella variabilis Bryant, 1945 syn. nov.; Blepharida ornata Baly, 1881 = Blepharida freyi Bechyné, 1954 syn. nov.; Podontia reticulata Baly, 1865 = Blepharida guttula Bryant, 1944 syn. nov.; Blepharida antinorii Chapuis, 1879 = Blepharida sudanica Bryant, 1944 syn. nov.; Blepharida scripta Weise, 1904 = Blepharida geminata Bryant, 1944 syn. nov. In addition: Blepharida plagipennis Achard, 1922, its locality certainly mislabeled, is transferred to the New World genus Notozona Chevrolat, 1837; Calotheca thunbergi is proposed as the new name for Blepharida stolida (Thunberg, 1808). 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.

Paola D’Alessandro, Roberta Frasca, Elizabeth Grobbelaar, Mattia Iannella and Maurizio Biondi

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.