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Query Subject:   Clause Union, Comprehension, Grammaticalization
Author:   Eva-Maria Remberger
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Subject Language(s):  Italian

Query:   Dear linguists, studying the well-known restructuring phenomenon with modal and aspectual verbs and verbs of motions in Italian (Rizzi, 1982, Burzio 1986) I encountered a problem especially due to the widely contradictory or inconsistent judgements given to me by my informants. I would be very glad if some Italian native speakers amongst the members of the linguist list could give me their judgements for the following list of examples. As you may note, the examples in (3) are the ones commonly quoted to demonstrate how nested restructuring constructions work in Italian. Example (3a) is quoted as grammatical by Burzio (1986:367/8) and by the Grande Grammatica di Consultazione by Renzi/Salvi (vol.II,519). Nevertheless my informants deny its grammaticality whereas they find (3d) (almost) acceptable, which Burzio (1986) does not. Besides this, I would be especially interested in the question as to whether there is any example which allows restructuring in a sequence of verbs which select AVERE-ESSERE-ESSERE where the clitic climbs from the deepest embedded clause to the matrix clause and the auxiliary selection will be ESSERE, or if there isn't (something like the examples in (1)). Of course, I will be sending a summary to the list. Thanks a lot, Eva-Maria Remberger (1) (a) Maria avrebbe voluto tornare ad andarci pi? spesso. (b) Maria sarebbe voluta tornare ad andarci pi? spesso. (c) Maria ci avrebbe voluto tornare ad andare pi? spesso . (d) Maria ci sarebbe voluta tornare ad andare pi? spesso . (e) Maria sarebbe voluta tornarci ad andare pi? spesso . (2) (a) Maria avrebbe voluto cominciare a tornarci. (b) Maria ci avrebbe voluto cominciare a tornare. (c) Maria ci sarebbe voluta cominciare a tornare. (d) Maria avrebbe voluto cominciarci a tornare. (3) (a) Maria li avrebbe voluti andare a prendere lei stessa. (b) Maria sarebbe voluta andare a prenderli lei stessa. (c) Maria avrebbe voluto andare a prenderli lei stessa. (d) Maria li sarebbe voluti andare a prendere lei stessa. (e) Maria avrebbe voluto andarli a prendere lei stessa. (4) (a) Maria torn? a casa senza essere andata a prenderli. (b) Maria torn? a casa senza esserli andati a prendere. (c) Maria torn? a casa senza esserli andata a prendere.
LL Issue: 10.1050
Date posted: 08-Jul-1999


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