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Title: Syntactic Variation and Verb Second
Subtitle: A German dialect in Northern Italy
Written By: Federica Cognola
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 201

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.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Subject Language(s): Mócheno
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027255846
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
U.K. £ 83.00
Europe EURO 104.94
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027272447
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
U.K. £ 83.00
Europe EURO 99.00