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Subject Clitics in the Northern Italian Dialects A Comparative Study Based on the Minimalist Program and Optimality Theory

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ISBN-10: 1402027362

ISBN-13: 9781402027369

Edition: 2004

Authors: Cecilia Goria

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This book provides an analysis of Subject Clitics concentrating on Astigiano and Turinese, two dialects spoken in the North of Italy, in the areas of Asti and Turin, respectively. In the wake of structural economy, this book accounts for the structural position and function of Subject Clitics inside the computational system and for their morphological and distributional properties. It also provides an empirical and theoretical comparison between Piedmontese Subject Clitics and Subject Clitics in other Northern Italian dialects. At the theoretical level the higher goal of this book is to promote structure minimality by proposing a treatment of elements of agreement such as Subject Clitics…    
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Book details

List price: $149.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 10/13/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Introduction
Introduction
The Dialect
The object of inquiry
Objectives and proposals
Theoretical background
The Minimalist Program
Features and Checking Theory
The T-model (Chomsky 1995)
The MP and Variation
Optimality Theory
Input, GEN, CON and EVAL
Variation and optionality
This study: questions and answers
What is the empirical and theoretically significance of working with SCLs in Piedmontese?
Why is a twofold approach adopted and what are the benefits of this choice?
What are the boundaries of each approach in the analysis proposed in this book?
The Data
Organisation. Notes
The Data
Introduction
Turinese
Turinese SCLs and types of subjects and verbs
Linear order between SCLs and other proclitics
SCLs and negative markers
Direct interrogatives
SCLs in subordinate clauses
SCLs in coordinated clauses
SCL: Non-finite forms and true imperatives
Non-finites
True imperatives
Optionality
Astigiano. Notes
Optimal Agreement. The position and the function of SCLs
Introduction
The proposal
Preverbal subjects
Arguments against the left dislocation analysis of unmarked preverbal subjects in Italian and the NIDs
Subject-in-CP analysis (Poletto 2000b)
Subject positions below the CP boundary: more evidence for SCLs in T
More about SCLs inside TP
The Extended Projection Principle
SCLs and the EPP
A multi-layered model for SCLs: an overview
Four types of SCLs: an outline of Poletto''s Agreement Field
Morphology
Optionality
Strong Negation
Interaction with elements in CP
Omission in coordination
Exclamatives and new information contexts
SCLs and interrogative inversion
The Agreement Field
Reviewing the Agreement Field: Turinese and Astigiano
Complex SCL it and at/al
Movement: SCL climbing inside Agreement Field
The Agreement Field and verbal inflection
Optionality
Conclusion
Notes
Optimal Agreement. The morphology and the distribution of SCLs
Introduction
Optimal Agreement
The feature specification of Piedmontese SCLs
The Basic System and the Deictic Systems
Full and Person Optionality
Agreement projections and optionality
SCLs in coordination
Optimal Agreement and feature repetition in coordinated structures
Omission in coordination as a property of invariable clitics (Poletto 2000b)
Summary and conclusion. Notes
Beyond Piedmontese
Introduction
Beyond Piedmontese and the minimalist component of Optimal Agreement
Negation
Vocalic SCLs (invariable and deictic SCLs) - negation - finite verb
Pre-negative marker agreement SCLs
A common property across the NIDs and SCL types
Imperatives
Non-finite verb forms
Personal infinitives
Beyond Piedmontese and the OT component of Optimal Agreement
Renzi and Vanelli''s (1983) SCL Systems and Florentine
Illegitimate candidates
Candidates that do not encode [add,sg]
Two feature combination constraints
An alternative analysis: [f ] Dominance Scale
Conclusion
Notes
Beyond SCLs: Piedmontese interrogatives
Introduction
Interrogative inversion and ICLs
ICLs as interrogative morphology
Agreement constraints and ICLs
A unitary account of Piemdontese interrogation strategies
Wh+che questions
Parry (1998a)
The demise of ICLs: wh+che re-assessed
Wh+che and V to C movement
The proposal
Theoretical background
Wh+che explained
Further questions
Summary
Interrogativity and the Agreement Field (Poletto 2000b)
Piedmontese
Conclusion
Notes
Concluding remarks
A summary of Optimal Agreement and