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LINGUIST List 17.3150

Fri Oct 27 2006

Books: Semantics/Syntax/Typology: Bentley

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, Split Intransitivity in Italian: Bentley

Message 1: Split Intransitivity in Italian: Bentley
Date: 23-Oct-2006
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Split Intransitivity in Italian: Bentley

Title: Split Intransitivity in Italian
Series Title: Empirical Approaches to Language Typology [EALT] 30
Published: 2006
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/rs/bookSingle.cfm?id=IS-9783110179972-1&l=E

Author: Delia Bentley
Hardback: ISBN: 3110179970 Pages: 455 Price: Europe EURO 108.00 Comment: for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 145.80

Split intransitivity has received a great deal of attention in theoretical
linguistics since the formulation of the Unaccusative Hypothesis by David
Perlmutter (1978). This book provides an in-depth investigation of split
intransitivity as it occurs in Italian. The principal proposal is that the
manifestations of split intransitivity in Italian, whilst being variously
constrained by well-formedness conditions on the encoding of information
structure, primarily derive from the tension between accusative (syntactic)
and active (semantic) alignment. In contrast to approaches which consider
the selection of the perfective operator to be the primary diagnostic of
unaccusative or unergative syntax, this study identifies two morphosemantic
domains in intransitive constructions on the basis of the analysis of a
cluster of related phenomena (including agreement, argument suppression,
ne-cliticization, past-participle behaviour, the morphosyntax of
experiencer predicates and word order, as well as the selection of the
perfective operator). Analysing the degree to which semantic, syntactic and
discourse factors interact in determining each manifestation of split
intransitivity, this work captures successfully the mismatches in the scope
of the various diagnostics.

Drawing upon insights provided by Role and Reference Grammar, and relying
on corpus-based evidence and crossdialectal comparison, this study makes
new empirical and theoretical contributions to the debate on split
intransitivity. The book is accessible to linguists of all theoretical
persuasions and will make stimulating reading for researchers and scholars
in Italian and Romance linguistics, typology and theoretical linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Subject Language(s): Italian (ita)

Written In: English (eng )

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