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Title: Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2001
Subtitle: Selected papers from 'Going Romance', Amsterdam, 6–8 December 2001
Edited By: Josep F. Quer
Jan Schroten
Mauro Scorretti
Petra Sleeman
Els Verheugd
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT_245
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 245

The volumes Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory published in the series Current Issues in Linguistic Theory contain the selected papers of the Going Romance conferences, a major European annual discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages.
Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2001 is the third such volume. It presents a selection of the papers that have been presented at the occasion of Going Romance 2001 (XV) - which was held at the University of Amsterdam on December 6-8, 2001. The three-day program included a workshop on Determiners. The volume contains articles on specifics of one or more Romance languages or varieties: the architecture of the Determiner Phrase and properties of determiners, the left periphery of the sentence and clause structure, null elements and their interpretation, clitics, and other interesting phenomena in the Romance languages.

Table of contents

Introduction v
Spanish De -Clauses Are Not Always in the Right Mood
Luis Alonso-Ovalle 1–16
Mood and Focus
Claudia Borgonovo 17–30
Null vs Overt Spec, TP in European Portuguese
João Costa 31–47
Determiner Architecture and Phrasal Movement in French Lexifier Creoles
Viviane Déprez 49–74
On the Relation between Focus, Prosody and Word Order in Romanian
Edward Göbbel 75–92
Economy of Structure: The Case of Subject Clitics in Piedmontese
Cecilia Goria 93–112
Identificational Focus vs Contrastive Focus: A Syntactic Distinction
Daniela Isac 113–130
Null Objects and VP Ellipsis in European and Brazilian Portuguese
Mary Aizawa Kato 131–153
From Non-Identity to Plurality: French Différent as an Adjective and as a Determiner
Brenda Laca and Liliane Tasmowski 155–176
On the Non-Unitariness of NP Subject Inversion: A Comparison of French NP Subject Inversion in Interrogatives and Temporal Subordinates
Karen Lahousse 177–192
Past Participle Agreement with Pronominal Clitics and the Auxiliary Verbs in Italian and French
Paul Law 193–212
Deficient Pronouns and Linguistic Change in Portuguese and Spanish
Ana Maria Martins 213–230
Nominalizations of French Psychological Verbs: Syntactic Complements and Semantic Participants
Judith Meinschaefer 231–246
Notes on Vocative Case: A Case Study in Clause Structure
Andrea Moro 247–261
Mapping out the Left Periphery of the Clause: Evidence from North Western Italian Varieties
Sandra Paoli 263–277
The Left Periphery in Child French: Evidence for a Simply-Split CP
Dorian Roehrs and Marie Labelle 279–294
Plural Indefinite DPs as Plural-Polarity Items
Benjamin Spector 295–313
On the Status of the Partitive Determiner in Italian
Gianluca Storto 315–330
Determiners and Weakly Discretised Domains
Lucia M. Tovena 331–346
Index of languages and dialects 347–348
Subject Index 349–353

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
Generative Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588114457
ISBN-13: 9781588114457
Pages: viii, 355 pp.
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