Article published in:Theoretical Approaches to Linguistic Variation
Edited by Ermenegildo Bidese, Federica Cognola and Manuela Caterina Moroni
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 234] 2016
► pp. 89–118
Adverb and participle agreement
For a parameter hierarchy in Italo-Romance microvariation
This paper discusses the reality of adverb agreement in Italo-Romance and takes into account newly acquired data from non-standard varieties. In southern Italian dialects manner adverbs are not morphologically distinguished from adjectives and, in certain varieties (Cruschina 2010; Ledgeway 2011), may agree with a referring nominal. In north-western Calabrian dialects the adverbs agree with transitive objects and unaccusative subjects (Patients/Undergoers), therefore revealing a split of ergative type (Ledgeway-Silvestri in press). Moreover, in the same varieties the adverb agreement superficially interacts with the past participle agreement, which normally displays alternative patterns depending on the morpho-lexical makeup of the participle (± metaphonic). These facts can be set in parametric choices and taxonomically ordered in hierarchies.
Keywords: adverbs, Italo-Romance, micro-variation, parameter hierarchies, participle agreement
Published online: 01 December 2016
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