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LINGUIST List 21.327

Tue Jan 19 2010

Books: Socioling/Syntax: D'Alessandro, Ledgeway, Roberts (Eds)

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Syntactic Variation: D'Alessandro, Ledgeway, Roberts (Eds)

Message 1: Syntactic Variation: D'Alessandro, Ledgeway, Roberts (Eds)
Date: 17-Jan-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Syntactic Variation: D'Alessandro, Ledgeway, Roberts (Eds)
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Title: Syntactic Variation
Subtitle: The Dialects of Italy
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Editor: Roberta D'Alessandro
Editor: Adam Ledgeway
Editor: Ian Roberts
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521517362 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521517362 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 110.00

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 new 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.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): Italian (ita)

Written In: English (eng )

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