Syntactic Variation and Verb Second
A German dialect in Northern Italy
Federica Cognola | University of Trento
This monograph investigates the syntax of the finite verb in Mòcheno, 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 Mòcheno is due to the presence of two competing grammars as a consequence of contact with Romance varieties and accounts for the peculiarities of Mòcheno 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.
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 201] 2013. xii, 325 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments | p. ix
List of abbreviations | pp. xi–xii
1. Introduction | pp. 1–17
2. Mòcheno and the V2 phenomenon | pp. 19–76
3. The syntax of subject pronouns | pp. 77–111
4. Satisfaction of EPP and realization of subjects | pp. 113–138
5. Mòcheno as a partial pro-drop language | pp. 139–165
6. Multiple access to CP and asymmetric pro-drop | pp. 167–211
7. Conclusions | pp. 213–220
Appendix | pp. 235–321
Index | pp. 323–325
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Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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