Middle French: When? What? Why?
|Abstract||The so-called 'Middle French' period has been variously dated on the basis of a number of internal and external phenomena. This paper examines the linguistic criteria which have been adduced, concludes that there is no real discontinuity which serves to define 'Middle French', and, following Coseriu's work on synthetic and analytic exponence in Romance, as well as recent arguments of Lass concerning the nature of periodization, suggests that the ... [truncated at 450 characters in length]|
|Author||John Charles Smith;|