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History of the Romance languages, especially Spanish in the medieval and early modern periods.
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Steven N. Dworkin is Director of the English Language Institute, Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures, and Professor of Linguistics. He specializes in Romance and Hispanic diachronic linguistics, with emphasis on the evolution of the lexicon. His recent publications have dealt with internal structural factors which have led to changes (especially word loss) in the vocabulary of Medieval Spanish. He is currently studying the interface between semantic change, syntactic change and lexical loss. Professor Dworkin is also interested in issues of Spanish diachronic phonology and morphology (both inflectional and derivational), as well as the application to Spanish and Romance historical linguistics of recent insights on language change afforded by typology, grammaticalization and sociohistorical linguistics.
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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