Date: 24-Apr-2006 From: Jared Wright <jared.wrightoup.com> Subject: The Verbal Complex in Romance: Monachesi
Title: The Verbal Complex in Romance
Subtitle: A Case Study in Grammatical Interfaces
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, 9
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Paola Monachesi, University of Utrecht
Hardback: ISBN: 0199274754 Pages: 304 Price: U.S. $ 99.00
This book explores the interface between syntax and the other components of the grammar, in particular phonology, morphology, and argument structure. The author proceeds through a consideration of case studies, such as clitics and complex predicates (auxiliary and modal verbs) in Romance, grounding theoretical analysis in constant exemplification. She shows that a careful analysis of their properties can lead to a better understanding of the interaction of the various components of the grammar.
The syntactic properties of clitics are considered in relation to their phonological and morphological characteristic. The properties of auxiliary verbs are analysed from the perspective of the interface between argument structure and syntactic structure. Modal verbs are examined at the interface between syntax and phonology. The analyses of clitics and auxiliaries throw interesting new light on the link between Romanian and Balkan/Slavic. This is a valuable contribution to the study of grammatical interfaces and to Romance verbal typology and comparative linguistics.
Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. The Framework 3. Morphology and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Clitics 4. Syntax and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Auxiliary Verbs 5. Phonology and its Interfaces: The Case of italian Restructuring Verbs