ⓘ Romance studies


ⓘ Romance studies

Romance studies is an academic discipline that covers the study of the languages, literatures, and cultures of areas that speak a Romance language. Romance studies departments usually include the study of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Additional languages of study include Romanian and Catalan, on one hand, and culture, history, and politics on the other hand.

Because most places in Latin America speak a Romance language, Latin America is also studied in Romance studies departments. As a result, non-Romance languages in use in Latin America, such as Quechua, are sometimes also taught in Romance studies departments.

Romance studies departments differ from single- or two-language departments in that they attempt to break down the barriers in scholarship among the various languages, through interdisciplinary or comparative work. These departments differ from Romance language departments in that they place a heavier emphasis on connections between language and literature, among others.


1. Bibliography

  • Michael Metzeltin, Gramatica explicativa de la lengua castellana: De la sintaxis la semantica. Vienna: Praesens, 2009.
  • Michel Banniard, Du latin aux langues romanes. Paris: Armand Colin, 2005.
  • C. Tagliavini, Le origini delle lingue neolatine. Bologna: Patron, 1979.
  • Joseph B. Solodow, Latin Alive: The Survival of Latin in English and the Romance Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
  • Michael Metzeltin, Erklarende Grammatik der romanischen Sprachen. Vienna: Praesens, 2010.
  • Gunter Holtus, Michael Metzeltin, Christian Schmitt, eds., Lexikon der Romanistischen Linguistik LRL. 12 vols. Tubingen: Niemeyer, 1988–2005.
  • Rebecca Posner, The Romance Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996.
  • Randall Scott Gess & Deborah Arteaga, eds. Historical Romance Linguistics: Retrospective and Perspectives. Amsterdam–Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2006.
  • Martin Harris & Nigel Vincent, eds., The Romance Languages. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1990; revised edn. Routledge, 2003.
  • Ti Alkire & Carol Rosen, Romance Languages: A Historical Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.
  • Michael Metzeltin, Las lenguas romanicas estandar: Historia de su formacion y de su uso. Uvieu: Academia de la Llingua Asturiana, 2004, 300 pp. online version
  • L. Renzi & A. Andreose, Manuale di linguistica e filologia romanza. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2006.
  • Petrea Lindenbauer, Michael Metzeltin, Margit Thir, Die romanischen Sprachen: Eine einfuhrende Ubersicht. Wilhelmsfeld: Egert, 1995.