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LINGUIST List 24.807

Wed Feb 13 2013

Books: Syntactic Variation and Verb Second: Cognola

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 11-Feb-2013
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Syntactic Variation and Verb Second: Cognola
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Title: Syntactic Variation and Verb Second
Subtitle: A German dialect in Northern Italy
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 201
Published: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/la.201

Author: Federica Cognola
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027272447 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027272447 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027272447 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255846 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255846 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027255846 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

This monograph investigates the syntax of the finite verb in Mòcheno, a minority language spoken in a German speech island of Northern Italy. Basing her study on detailed new data collected during extensive fieldwork, and focusing on finite verb movement; on multiple access to the left periphery; on pro licensing and on the distribution of OV/VO word orders, the author refutes the traditional view that the syntactic variation found in Mòcheno is due to the presence of two competing grammars as a consequence of contact with Romance varieties and accounts for the peculiarities of Mòcheno syntax within a theory couched in the framework of Generative Grammar. This book contributes to our understanding of the verb-second phenomenon and sheds new light on the asymmetries between Old Romance and Germanic verb-second languages. A useful tool for all linguists working on both theoretical and comparative syntax and to anyone interested in language variation, dialectology and typology.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Mócheno (mhn)

Written In: English (eng)

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