Syntactic Variation: The Dialects of Italy

Syntactic Variation: The Dialects of Italy

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Cambridge University Press, 1/14/2010
EAN 9780521517362, ISBN10: 0521517362

Hardcover, 368 pages, 23.5 x 16 x 2.5 cm
Language: English

This book was first published in 2010. The study of Romance languages can tell us a great deal about sentence structure and its variation in general. Focusing on the dialects of Italy - including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily - the authors explore three thematic areas: the nominal domain, the verbal domain and the left periphery of the clause. The book gives fresh attention to the dialects, arguing that they offer an unprecedented degree of variation (not found, for example, in Germanic languages). Analysing a host of data, the authors show how the dialects can be used as a test-bed for investigating and challenging received ideas about language structure and change. Coherent and wide-ranging, this is a vital resource for those working in syntactic theory, historical linguistics and Romance languages.

Syntactic variation and the dialects of Italy
an overview Roberta D'Alessandro, Adam Ledgeway and Ian Roberts
Part I. Nominal Structures
1. Headless relatives in some Old Italian varieties Paola Benincà
2. On Old Italian uomo and the classification of indefinite expressions Verner Egerland
3. Syncretism and suppletion in clitic systems
underspecification, silent clitics or neither? M. Rita Manzini and Leonardo M. Savoia
4. Lexicalization of 3rd person object clitics
clitic enclisis and clitic drop Leonardo M. Savoia and M. Rita Manzini
5. Proclitic vs enclitic pronouns in northern Italian dialects and the null-subject parameter Anna Cardinaletti and Lori Repetti
6. Domains of clitic placement in finite and non-finite clauses
evidence from a Piedmontese dialect Christina Tortora
Part II. Verbal Structures
7. Prohibition and Romance
negative imperatives in the early vernaculars of Italy Mair Parry
8. The periphrasis aviri a + infinitive in contemporary Sicilian dialect Luisa Amenta
9. A formal typology of person-based auxiliary selection in Italo-Romance Géraldine Legendre
10. The Abruzzese T-v system
feature spreading and the double auxiliary construction Roberta D'Alessandro and Adam Ledgeway
11. Perfective auxiliaries in the pluperfect in some southern Italian dialects Michela Cennamo
12. The logic of Romance past participle agreement Michele Loporcaro
Part III. The Left Periphery
13. Fronting as focalization in Sicilian Silvio Cruschina
14. Focus fronting and the left periphery in Sardinian Guido Mensching and Eva-Maria Remberger
15. In focus
an investigation of information and contrastive constructions Sandra Paoli
16. Criterial conditions for wh-structures
evidence from wh-exclamatives in northern Italian dialects Nicola Munaro
17. The distribution of the complementizers /ka/ and /ku/ in the North Salentino dialect of Francavilla Fontana (Brindisi) Paola Vecchio.