Syntactic Variation and Verb Second: A German dialect in Northern Italy (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 201)

Syntactic Variation and Verb Second: A German dialect in Northern Italy (Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 201)

By: Federica Cognola (author)Hardback

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This monograph investigates the syntax of the finite verb in Mocheno, a minority language spoken in a German speech island of Northern Italy. Basing her study on detailed new data collected during extensive fieldwork, and focusing on finite verb movement; on multiple access to the left periphery; on pro licensing and on the distribution of OV/VO word orders, the author refutes the traditional view that the syntactic variation found in Mocheno is due to the presence of two competing grammars as a consequence of contact with Romance varieties and accounts for the peculiarities of Mocheno syntax within a theory couched in the framework of Generative Grammar. This book contributes to our understanding of the verb-second phenomenon and sheds new light on the asymmetries between Old Romance and Germanic verb-second languages. A useful tool for all linguists working on both theoretical and comparative syntax and to anyone interested in language variation, dialectology and typology.

Contents

1. Acknowledgments; 2. List of abbreviations; 3. 1. Introduction; 4. 2. Mocheno and the V2 phenomenon; 5. 3. The syntax of subject pronouns; 6. 4. Satisfaction of EPP and realization of subjects; 7. 5. Mocheno as a partial pro-drop language; 8. 6. Multiple access to CP and asymmetric pro-drop; 9. 7. Conclusions; 10. References; 11. Appendix; 12. Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9789027255846
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 325
  • ID: 9789027255846
  • weight: 750
  • ISBN10: 9027255849

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