The Higher Functional Field : Evidence from Northern Italian Dialects: Evidence from Northern Italian Dialects

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Oxford University Press, USA, Feb 14, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 224 pages
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This work investigates the syntax of the higher portion of the functional structure of the clause using comparative data from hundreds of Northern Italian dialects. The area contains dialects that are different in most ways yet homogenous syntactically, making it an ideal ground for analyzing micro-variations in syntax. The book sheds new light on debated problems such as subject-clitic inversion, verb movement and subject positions, and the structure of the higher functional phrases.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
12 THE THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
4
13 THE VARIETIES EXAMINED AND SURVEY METHODS EMPLOYED
6
14 PREVIOUS ANALYSIS OF SUBJECT CLITICS
9
Preverbal Subject Clitics in Declarative Contexts
11
22 TWO TESTS FOR SCL POSITIONS
18
23 MORE SCL POSITIONS
22
24 ONE MORE POSITION
30
46 SUBJECT POSITIONS
102
47 A BRIEF COMPARISON WITH GERMANIC V2
106
Subjunctive Clauses The Modal Field
108
52 DISJUNCTIVE CLAUSES
110
53 OPTATIVE AND COUNTERFACTUAL CLAUSES
115
54 COMPLEMENTIZER DELETION AND VERB MOVEMENT IN ITALIAN
118
55 COMPLEMENTIZER DELETION IN THE NORTHERN VARIETIES
131
56 SUPPLETIVE IMPERATIVES
133

25 SUBJECT CLITIC CLIMBING INSIDE THE AGREEMENT FIELD
32
26 THE AGREEMENT FIELD
35
Interrogative Sentences
41
32 SUBJECT CLITIC INVERSION
42
33 VARIATION IN MAIN INTERROGATIVES
55
34 THEORETICAL IMPLICATIONS OF SPLIT INTERROGATIVE CP
80
35 EMBEDDED CONTEXTS
83
36 CONCLUSION
86
Rhaetoromance Verb Second A SplitCP Perspective
88
DATA
89
THE DECLARATIVEINTERROGATIVE ASYMMETRY
91
44 DIFFERENT DEGREES OF FOCALIZATION
95
45 EMBEDDED V2
98
57 CONCLUSION
137
Subject Positions
139
62 SUBJECT POSITIONS AND CASE CHECKING
140
63 SUBJECT POSITIONS IN NONDECLARATIVE CONTEXTS
153
64 THE SUBJECT IN CD CONTEXTS
164
65 CONCLUSION
166
A Brief Summary
168
72 SOME GENERAL PROPERTIES OF FUNCTIONAL STRUCTURE
173
Notes
177
Bibliography
193
Index
205
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