Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login

New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Voice Quality

By John H. Esling, Scott R. Moisik, Allison Benner, Lise Crevier-Buchman

Voice Quality "The first description of voice quality production in forty years, this book provides a new framework for its study: The Laryngeal Articulator Model. Informed by instrumental examinations of the laryngeal articulatory mechanism, it revises our understanding of articulatory postures to explain the actions, vibrations and resonances generated in the epilarynx and pharynx."


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

Let's Talk

By David Crystal

Let's Talk "Explores the factors that motivate so many different kinds of talk and reveals the rules we use unconsciously, even in the most routine exchanges of everyday conversation."



E-mail this page 1

We Have a New Site!

With the help of your donations we have been making good progress on designing and launching our new website! Check it out at https://linguistlist.org/!
***We are still in our beta stages for the new site--if you have any feedback, be sure to let us know at webdevlinguistlist.org***

Dissertation Information


Title: Clitics at the Edge: Clitic placement in Western Iberian Romance Languages Add Dissertation
Author: Francisco Fernández-Rubiera Update Dissertation
Email: click here to access email
Institution: Georgetown University, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2009
Linguistic Subfield(s): Syntax;
Director(s): Héctor Campos
Elena Herburger

Abstract: This dissertation focuses on the distribution of pre- and postverbal clitic
alternations in both matrix and finite embedded environments, in three
Western Iberian Romance languages: Galician, European Portuguese, and
Asturian. The analysis of these clitic alternations in Romance has a long
tradition within the generative enterprise, and different analyses have
capitalized on different triggers to account for those alternations.

In this study, I show that the inclusion of Asturian raises interesting
issues for analyses dealing with clitic placement alternations. In short,
while pre- and postverbal clitic patterns in all Western Iberian Romance
languages are subject to the same conditions in the matrix environment,
crosslinguistic differences arise the moment one turns to the finite
embedded one: In Asturian, unlike in Galician and European Portuguese,
postverbal clitics arise obligatorily after a Topic in finite embedded
contexts as that in (1).

(1) Repítote [que yo dexélo aquel diecisiete de mayu] Ast
repeat1SG-youCL that I left1SG-IND-itCL that seventeenth of May
'I repeat to you that I left it that May seventeenth' [de Pablo, Memoria]

Furthermore, speakers of a variety of Asturian which I refer to as
Conservative Asturian (CAst) report data as that in (2), where both a post-
and a preverbal clitic can be found. Interestingly, each pattern correlates
with a different interpretation.

(2) a. Digo [qu’ayúdame] CAst
say1SG that-help3SG-IND-meCL

b. Digo [que me ayuda]
say1SG that meCL help3SG-IND
'I say that s/he helps me out' [From Viejo (2008)]

In this dissertation, I argue that pre- and postverbal clitic alternations
in Western Iberian Romance languages may be captured as follows: in Western
Iberian, Finitenessº (cf. Rizzi (1997)) is a phase-head (cf. Chomsky
(2008)) which (i) is responsible for the different clitic patterns, and
(ii) is the locus of crosslinguistic variation in the finite embedded
context. Under this analysis, I show that both similarities in clitic
alternations in the matrix context and the noted variation in the finite
embedded one in this group of languages can be easily captured. Moreover, I
claim that this analysis can naturally explain the interpretation
differences I observe between a postverbal and preverbal pattern in (2a)
and (2b).