This volume is a collection of 12 papers which originated from a research project on `Europe and the Mediterranean from a linguistic point of view: history and prospects'. The papers deal with specific morphosyntactic aspects of language structure and evolution. The comparative perspective is adopted both from a synchronic (typological) and a diachronic (historical) angle, focusing in particular on possible contact phenomena. Therefore, methodological key words of this book are areal typology and linguistic area. The issues addressed cover such diverse aspects of language structure and change as verb morphology, relative clause formation, Noun Phrase determination, demonstrative systems, possessive markers in Noun Phrases, conjunctive, disjunctive and adversative constructions, non-canonical object marking, impersonal constructions, reduplication and early translations of the Gospels. These topics are discussed particularly in relation to Romance, Germanic, Celtic and Semitic languages, both modern and ancient. This book will interest researchers in typological, historical, functional and general linguistics.
1. List of contributors; 2. Foreword (by Ramat, Paolo); 3. Trends in the diachronic development of Semitic verbal morphology in typologically different contexts (by Banti, Giorgio); 4. Demonstratives in the languages of Europe (by Milano, Federica Da); 5. Internal structure of verbal stems in the Germanic languages (by Giovine, Paolo Di); 6. Relativization strategies in the languages of Europe (by Cristofaro, Sonia); 7. The spread and decline of indefinite man-constructions in European languages: An areal perspective (by Giacalone Ramat, Anna); 8. Mediating culture through language: Contact-induced phenomena in the early translations of the Gospels (by Luraghi, Silvia); 9. Inalienability and emphatic pronominal possession in European and Mediterranean languages: Morphosyntactic strategies and historical changes (by Manzelli, Gianguido); 10. Conjunctive, disjunctive and adversative constructions in Europe: Some areal considerations (by Mauri, Caterina); 11. Complex nominal determiners: A contrastive study (by Mirto, Ignazio Mauro); 12. Relativisation strategies in insular Celtic languages: History and contacts with English (by Roma, Elisa); 13. Canonical and non-canonical marking of core arguments in European languages: A typological approach (by Romagno, Domenica); 14. Re: duplication. Iconic vs counter-iconic principles (and their areal correlates) (by Stolz, Thomas); 15. Index of Languages; 16. Index of Names; 17. Index of Subjects