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Academic Paper

Title: Defective object clitic paradigms and the relation between language development and loss
Author: Sandra Paoli
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Institution: University of Oxford
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Morphology
Subject Language: Italian
Subject LANGUAGE Family: Romance
Abstract: Through an investigation of morphologically defective pronominal object paradigms in a number of northern Italian dialects, this article offers a reflection on the relation between the development and the loss of linguistic items based on the reconstruction of the possible diachronic path that has led to the current situation. The paper sets out to achieve two objectives. First, it presents a detailed description of the peculiarities of the object clitic paradigm in the northern Italian dialects and places them within the wider Romance context. Secondly, it discusses and evaluates the way the processes of emergence and loss of linguistic items relate to one another, with specific reference to what appears to be a more general hierarchy operative in languages, the Referential Hierarchy (Silverstein , Comrie , and many others).


This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 50, Issue 1.

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