'A brilliant account of the social and historical context of the Romance languages from the earliest stages of Latin through to modern creoles … an indispensable point of reference for both the specialist and those new to the field of Romance linguistics.' Nigel Vincent, Professor Emeritus of General and Romance Linguistics, University of Manchester
'This second volume of the Cambridge History perfectly complements the first, providing the historical and geographical context within which the structures of the Romance languages emerged and developed. Together they provide an invaluable resource, summarizing the results of centuries of scholarship on the family for the specialist and making it accessible to a wide audience of general linguists as well.' Stephen R. Anderson, Yale University
What is the origin of the Romance languages and how did they evolve? When and how did they become different from Latin, and from each other? Volume 2 offers fresh and original reflections on the principal questions and issues in the comparative external histories of the Romance languages.