Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Subject Clitics in the Northern Italian Dialects

A Comparative Study Based on the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory

Authors: Goria, Cecilia

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1. 0 INTRODUCTION This book provides an encompassing analysis of Subject Clitics (SCLs) by giving a detailed description of these elements in two varieties of Piedmontese, a Northern Italian Dialect: Astigiano and Turinese spoken in the areas of Asti and Turin respectively. It accounts for the structural position and function of these elements inside the computational system and for their morphological and distributional properties. It also provides an empirical and theoretical comparison between Piedmontese SCLs and SCLs in other Northern Italian Dialects (NIDs). of SCLs types in the NIDs have been regarded as Since the 1980s, the majority elements of agreement, in that they contribute to the realisation of subject verb agreement by expressing features of the subject similar, in a way, to verbal inflection. Nonetheless, SCLs are not to be assimilated to verbal affixes as they exhibit different properties. Most distinctively, they can be separated from the verb by other clitic elements and, in the case of the varieties considered here, SCLs are optional in all contexts and may be omitted in coordination. A more refined identification of SCLs separates SCLs which encode agreement features from those which do not and are related to pragmatic factors, as originally observed by Beninca (1994) with respect to the clitic a in Paduano The different morphological and syntactic properties that characterise SCLs across the NIDs have justified numerous accounts which regard them as head of their own projection.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Subject Clitics in the Northern Italian Dialects
Book Subtitle
A Comparative Study Based on the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
60
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-2738-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-2738-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2736-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-2737-6
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 288
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