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Title: Subject Clitics in the Northern Italian Dialects
Subtitle: A Comparative Study Based on the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory
Written By: Cecilia Goria
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 60
Description:

This book provides an analysis of Subject Clitics concentrating on
Astigiano and Turinese, two dialects spoken in the North of Italy, in the
areas of Asti and Turin, respectively. In the wake of structural economy,
this book accounts for the structural position and function of Subject
Clitics inside the computational system and for their morphological and
distributional properties. It also provides an empirical and theoretical
comparison between Piedmontese Subject Clitics and Subject Clitics in other
Northern Italian dialects.

At the theoretical level the higher goal of this book is to promote
structure minimality by proposing a treatment of elements of agreement such
as Subject Clitics which is compatible with the elimination of Agreement
central to the Minimalist Program (Chomsky 1995).

- It has a significant empirical impact as it deals with data not discussed
in previous works on Subject Clitics;
- It presents a novel theoretical treatment of Subject Clitics by
incorporating minimalist guidelines and Optimality Theory to such a complex
topic;
- It presents a detailed review of recent works on Subject Clitics;
- It proposes a novel theoretical treatment of the variation that
characterises the use of Subject Clitics across the Northern Italian Dialects;
- It opens several paths for future research in the fields of Romance
Linguistics and Theoretical Syntax.

Overall the view of Subject Clitics and sentence structure maintained in
this book contrasts with the breaking down of functional categories into a
myriad of syntactically and semantically distinct projections that has
prevailed in several recent studies on Subject Clitics and Romance Syntax
in general.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Springer
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Morphology
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Italian
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