Syntactic Variation and Verb Second

A German dialect in Northern Italy

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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.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
ix
List of abbreviations
xi–xii
1. Introduction
1–17
2. Mòcheno and the V2 phenomenon
19–76
3. The syntax of subject pronouns
77–111
4. Satisfaction of EPP and realization of subjects
113–138
5. Mòcheno as a partial pro-drop language
139–165
6. Multiple access to CP and asymmetric pro-drop
167–211
7. Conclusions
213–220
References
221–233
Appendix
235–321
Index
323–325
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012039316