A half century of Romance linguistics: Selected proceedings of the 50th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages

Barbara E. Bullock   Cinzia Russi   Almeida Jacqueline Toribio  


The present volume presents a selection of the revised and peer-reviewed proceedings articles of the 50th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL 50) which was hosted virtually by the faculty and students from the University of Texas at Austin. With contributions from rising and senior scholars from Europe and the Americas, the volume demonstrates the breadth of research in contemporary Romance linguistics with articles that apply corpus-based and laboratory methods, as well as theory, to explore the structure, use, and development of the Romance languages. The articles cover a wide range of fields including morphosyntax, semantics, language variation and change, sociophonetics, historical linguistics, language acquisition, and computational linguistics. In an introductory article, the editors document the sudden transition of LSRL 50 to a virtual format and acknowledge those who helped them to ensure the continuity of this annual scholarly meeting.


  • The digital transformation of the LSRL
    The first 50 years of Romance linguistics in the Americas ends virtually
    Barbara E. Bullock, Cinzia Russi, Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
  • For an integrative approach to variation and change in French nasal vowel systems
    Zsuzsanna Fagyal
  • Assessing change in a Gallo-Romance regional minority language
    1pl verbal morphology and referential restriction in Picard
    Julie Auger, Anne-José Villeneuve
  • The partial loss of free inversion and of referential null subjects in Brazilian Portuguese
    Mary A. Kato, Maria Eugenia Lammoglia Duarte
  • The antipassive as a Romance phenomenon
    A case study of Italian
    Karina High
  • The role of SE in Spanish agreement variation
    Irene Fernández Serrano
  • Object control into temporal adjuncts
    The case of Spanish clitics
    Katie VanDyne
  • Overt vs. null subjects in infinitival constructions in Colombian Spanish
    Kryzzya Gómez, Maia Duguine, Hamida Demirdache
  • Oblique DOM and co-occurrence restrictions
    How many types?
    Monica Alexandrina Irimia
  • A superlative challenge for a syntactic account of connectivity sentences
    Nicoletta Loccioni
  • Revisiting sociophonetic competence
    Variable spectral moments in phrase-final fricative epithesis for L1 & L2 speakers of French
    Amanda Dalola, Keiko Bridwell
  • Does social identity play a role in the L2 acquisition of French intonation?
    Preliminary data from Canadian French-as-a-second-language classroom learners
    Hilary Walton
  • Sociophonetic analysis of mid front vowel production in Barcelona
    Annie Helms
  • Prosodic correlates of mirative and new information focus in Spanish wh-in-situ questions
    Carolina González, Lara Reglero
  • Mechanical vs. functional processes in subject pronoun expression in Spanish second language learners
    Ana de Prada Pérez, Nick Feroce
  • Frequency and efficiency in Spanish proverbs
    Ernesto R. Gutiérrez Topete



Barbara E. Bullock

Barbara E. Bullock (Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Delaware 1991) is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of French & Italian at the University of Texas. She specializes in the effects of bilingualism and language contact on linguistic structure, particularly on phonetic systems. Her research projects investigate sociophonetics, code-switching and borrowing, language variation and change, and computational approaches to multilingualism.

Cinzia Russi

Cinzia Russi (Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Washington 2003) is Professor of Romance and Italian Linguistics and director of the Graduate Portfolio Program in Romance Linguistics. Her primary research area is on historical (socio)linguistics with a focus on (morpho)syntax. Recently recently, she has been studying the linguistic repertoire of contemporary Italian crime fiction writers. Her books include Iconicity and analogy in language change: The development of double object clitic clusters from medieval Florentine to modern Italian (co-authored with Janice Aski) and Sicilian elements in Andrea Camilleri’s narrative language. A linguistic analysis.

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio (Ph.D., Linguistics, Cornell University 1993) is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas. Her research in formal linguistics investigates patterns of morphological and syntactic variation across languages and dialects as well as structural patterns of language mixing in bilingual code-switching; her complementary work in sociolinguistics considers the ways in which variables such as ethnicity, race, gender, literacy, and national origin are encoded through linguistic features and language choices.

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February 12, 2023
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Bullock, Barbara E., Russi, Cinzia & Toribio, Almeida Jacqueline (eds.). 2023. A half century of Romance linguistics: Selected proceedings of the 50th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages. (Open Romance Linguistics 2). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7525084


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