A Comparative Grammar of Borgomanerese by Christina Tortora

A Comparative Grammar of Borgomanerese

byChristina Tortora

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This book presents and analyzes various features of the morphosyntax of Borgomanerese, a Gallo-Italic dialect spoken in the town of Borgomanero, in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy. The study is highly comparative, drawing on the literature on numerous other Italian dialects and Romancelanguages (as well as English), to inform our understanding of the Borgomanerese phenomena. Christina Tortora takes the many unusual and understudied (and often novel) facts of Borgomanerese grammar as compelling grounds for revisiting and reformulating current analyses of syntactic phenomena inthese other languages. The phenomena treated include the syntax and semantics of the weak locative in presentational sentences; the syntax of object clitics and argument prepositions; the syntax of subjects and subject clitics; the syntax of interrogatives; clausal architecture; and the relationshipbetween orthography and theoretical analysis. The principal value of this book lies both in the rich description of the morphosyntactic phenomena of Borgomanerese, many of which have not been previously reported in the literature, and in the consequent novel analyses developed, which contribute insights for other languages and dialects, andadvance our understanding of syntax and syntactic theory in general.

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Christina Tortora is Professor of Linguistics at the City University of New York (College of Staten Island and The Graduate Center). She has twice been a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (2001 and 2011-12) and is the editor of The Syntax of Italian Dialects (OUP 2003). She has both a National Science Foundation Grant and a ...
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Title:A Comparative Grammar of BorgomanereseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. The syntax and semantics of the weak locativeIntroduction1. Unaccusative verb classes2. The syntactic manifestation of the GOAL / non-GOAL distinction in Borgomanerese3. SOURCE-entailing verbs and the existential4. The weak locative goal argument in Italian5. English non-existential weak there as a weak locative goal argument3. Object clitics in simple tense, complex predicate, and imperative clausesIntroduction1. Generalized enclisis in the simple tenses2. Enclisis with past participles in the compound tenses3. Variation in placement: the nature of the clitic itself4. Restructuring verbs5. Enclisis in causative constructions6. Enclisis with imperatives7. Clitic combinations4. Object clitics and locative prepositionsIntroduction1. Argument locatives as another type of "adverbial host"2. The preposition's complement3. Remaining issues5. Subject CliticsIntroduction1. Subject clitic pronouns in Northern Italian dialects2. Subject clitics in Borgomanerese: an overview3. The subject clitic i4. Third person singular l and la5. The second person singular subject clitics tal and t6. The subject clitic a7. The subject clitic ngh8. The impersonal clitic s6. InterrogativesIntroduction1. Interrogative pronouns2. The missing preposition3. The difference between cus and que4. Doubly-filled comp and cleft questionsAppendix: Verb ConjugationsReferences