Franco Fanciullo

Linguistic substrate. Is it certain that its effects have to appear in «certified copy» between the donor and the target language?

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Keywords: Linguistic Change; Dialects of Italy; Latin; No-Latin Languages of Roman Empire.

Reflections about the debated concept of (linguistic) substrate. At least two acceptions of «substrate» are possible: 1) (more generically) substrate as sector of contact linguistics; 2) (more particularly) substrate as encoding of a specific linguistic theory (and related praxis) of the linguistic change, which had its peak between the end of 19th century and the first half of 20th century. These acceptions need to be kept distinct, in order to avoid misunderstandings and erroneous analysis; some examples are included.

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