HISTORICAL ROMANCE LINGUISTICS: A SOCIOLINGUISTIC PERSPECTIVE Ralph Penny Queen Mary, University of London As a university discipline, at the undergraduate and MA levels, it would seem that Romance Linguistics is indeed in danger of extinction in the United Kingdom, and perhaps elsewhere. Similarly at the Ph.D. level, there have been few UK projects in the last decade that have been genuinely pan-Romance in their scope. Where undergraduate courses exist, they function as options, typically available to students following modern language degree programs. Within the UK university system, there is only a handful of posts whose titles include the term "Romance Linguistics" or "Romance Philology". Despite this gloomy picture, synchronic and diachronic linguistic research into the Romance family continues to flourish, at least for the present. Sometimes this work gives genuinely pan-Romance results (for example, Rodney Sampson's work  on nasalization in Romance), although sometimes the work in question compares one branch of the family with another (Cravens 2002). Most frequently, the target of study is a single language or, at most, a geographicallydetermined segment of the Romance continuum (Ibero-Romance, ItaloRomance, etc.). Symptomatic of this state of affairs is the Romance Linguistics Seminar (RLS), held annually at Cambridge, England,
La corónica: A Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – La corónica: Journal of Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures & Culture
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