Syntactic Variation and Verb Second: A German dialect in Northern Italy - Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 201 (Hardback)Federica Cognola (author)
Hardback 325 Pages / Published: 17/01/2013
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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.
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
Number of pages: 325
Weight: 750 g
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