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Title: Unaccusative Verbs in Romance Languages
Written By: IanE.Mackenzie
URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/Catalogue.aspx?is=1403949182
Description:

The author questions the status quo in Romance linguistics regarding such
matters as auxiliary selection, partitive cliticization, bare subjects,
participle agreement, and more. For the past two decades the
Ergative/Unaccusative syntactic approach has been accepted as the orthodox
analytical paradigm. He here re-examines both the theoretical imperative
and the empirical evidence for that approach, drawing on a large amount of
new and surprising data from Italian, Spanish, French and Catalan, and
concludes that it is essentially unmotivated. Alternative explanations are
advanced, based on information structure, semantics and the impact on
synchrony of diachronic change. The picture that emerges is one of a
complex but interrelated set of causalities.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
History of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear
French
Italian
Spanish
Language Family(ies): Romance
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1403949182
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 248
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