Isogloss. Open Journal of Romance Linguistics 2022-01-21T14:33:53+01:00 Roberta D'Alessandro Open Journal Systems <p><em>Isogloss</em> is a journal of theoretical and experimental linguistics, with the Romance varieties as object of investigation.</p><p>Submissions are accepted for articles on any linguistic phenomenon in any Romance variety. No specific theoretical approaches are given any preference, but the articles need to have clear implications for the theory of language and should not be only descriptive in nature.</p> Register effects and the Spanish adjectival construction sin + INF in historical corpus data 2021-06-28T09:57:38+02:00 Aaron Yamada <p>This study analyzes the usage of the Spanish adjectival <em>sin </em>+ infinitive verb construction (<em>un libro sin terminar </em>‘an unfinished book’) and the <em>no </em>+ past participle construction (<em>un libro no terminado </em>‘an unfinished book’) in historical corpus data, with the objective of quantitatively assessing Pountain’s (1993) analysis of the emergence of adjectival <em>sin </em>+ INF as motivated in part by register formality. A logistic regression analysis finds that the usage of adjectival <em>sin </em>+ INF over <em>no </em>+ PP is significantly favored by the text register of Prose Fiction, and significantly disfavored by the register of Legal Texts. Furthermore, this preference increases with time in the register of Prose Fiction. These findings support Pountain’s claim, in showing that register effects significantly influence the usage of the novel construction. Ultimately, this study stresses the importance of measuring register effects in the analysis of language change in corpus data.</p> 2022-01-21T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Aaron Yamada