The Romance Inter-Views: Cartography


  • Enoch Aboh
  • Guglielmo Cinque
  • Alice Corr
  • Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo
  • Gillian Ramchand
  • Vieri Samek-Lodovici


The Romance Inter-Views are short, multiple Q&A pairs that address key issues, definitions and ideas regarding Romance linguistics. Prominent exponents of different approaches to the study of Romance linguistics are asked to answer some general questions from their viewpoint. The answers are then assembled so that readers can get a comparative picture of what’s going on in the field.

After the first Inter-Views focused on (morpho)syntax more generally, the second Inter-Views focus more narrowly on Cartography. We invited six syntacticians, working on this topic from a variety of perspectives, to answer our questions.


syntax, Romance linguistics, Cartography, Minimalism, Selection, Features


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