Diachrony and Dialects: Grammatical Change in the Dialects of Italy

Hardcover | June 29, 2014

EditorPaola Beninca, Adam Ledgeway, Nigel Vincent

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This book examines diachronic change and diversity in the morphosyntax of Romance varieties spoken in Italy. These varieties offer an especially fertile terrain for research into language change, because of both the richness of dialectal variation and the length of the period of textualattestation. While attention in the past has been focussed on the variation found in phonology, morphology, and vocabulary, this volume examines variation in morphosyntactic structures, covering a range of topics designed to exploit and explore the interaction of the geographical and historicaldimensions of change.The opening chapter sets the scene for specialist and non-specialist readers alike, and establishes the conceptual and empirical background. There follow a series of case studies investigating the morphosyntax of verbal and (pro)nominal constructions and the organization of the clause. Data aredrawn from the full range of Romance dialects spoken within the borders of modern Italy, ranging from Sicily and Sardinia through to Piedmont and Friuli. Some of the studies narrow the focus to a particular construction within a particular dialect; others broaden out to compare different patterns ofevolution within different dialects. There is also diversity in the theoretical frameworks adopted by the various contributors.The book aims to take stock of both the current state of the field and the fruits of recent research, and to set out new results and new questions to help move forward the frontiers of that research. It will be a valuable resource not only for those specializing in the study of Italo-Romancevarieties, but also for other Romanists and for those interested in exploring and understanding the mechanisms of morphosyntactic change more generally.

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This book examines diachronic change and diversity in the morphosyntax of Romance varieties spoken in Italy. These varieties offer an especially fertile terrain for research into language change, because of both the richness of dialectal variation and the length of the period of textualattestation. While attention in the past has been ...

Paola Beninca is Professor Emerita of Linguistics at the University of Padua, and before that was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Milan, and researcher at the Centre for Italian Dialectology of the National Research Council in Padua. Her research interests include synchronic and diachronic Romance syntax and morphology, a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pagesPublished:June 29, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Nigel Vincent: Similarity and diversity in the evolution of Italo-RomancePart 1: Verbal Structures2. Adam Ledgeway and Alessandra Lombardi: The development of the southern subjunctive: Morphological loss and syntactic gain3. Michele Loporcaro: Perfective auxiliation in Italo-Romance: The complementarity of historical and modern cross-dialectal evidence4. Michela Cennamo: Passive and impersonal reflexives in the Italian dialects: Synchronic and diachronic aspects5. Delia Bentley: On the personal infinitive in Sicilian6. Martin Maiden and John Charles Smith: Glimpsing the future: Some rare anomalies in the history of the Italo-Romance and Gallo-Romance future and conditional stem, and what they suggest about paradigm structure7. Laura Vanelli: Person endings in the old Italian verb systemPart 2: (Pro)nominal Structures8. Diego Pescarini: Prosodic restructuring and morphological opacity: The evolution of Italo-Romance clitic clusters9. Ian Roberts: Subject clitics and macroparameters10. Rosanna Sornicola: Sicilian 1st and 2nd person oblique tonic pronouns: A historical and comparative examination11. Christina Tortora: Patterns of variation and diachronic change in Piedmontese object clitic syntax12. John B. Trumper: Gender assignment and pluralization in Italian and the Veneto13. Paola Beninca and Guglielmo Cinque: Kind-defining relative clauses in the diachrony of Italian14. Nicola Munaro and Cecilia Poletto: Synchronic and diachronic clues on the internal structure of 'where' in Italo-Romance