Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy by Delia BentleyExistentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy by Delia Bentley

Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy

byDelia Bentley, Francesco Maria Ciconte, Silvio Cruschina

Hardcover | October 24, 2015

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This book provides the first ever large-scale comparative treatment of there sentences (there copula NP), in over 100 Italo-Romance and Sardinian dialects spoken in Italy. It comprises detailed discussions of focus structure, predication and argument realization, definiteness effects, and thelinking between semantics and syntax in there sentences, advancing novel proposals in each case. The authors test influential hypotheses on existential constructions against first-hand dialect evidence; they argue that existential and locative there sentences differ in focus structure and semantics,even though they display similar morphosyntactic features.The volume also provides the historical background of Romance there sentences, relying on the findings of the analysis of a substantial corpus of early Italo-Romance vernacular texts. Couched in the framework of Role and Reference Grammar, the discussion fully engages with the vast availableliterature on existentials and locatives, thus being of interest to linguists of any theoretical persuasion. Through the investigation of existentials and locatives, the volume addresses key issues in linguistic theory, while offering an invaluable source of data for research on the Romancelanguages and a model in fieldwork-based microvariational analysis.
Delia Bentley holds an MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Manchester, where she is currently Professor of Romance Linguistics. Her main research interests are the interfaces between discourse, semantics, and syntax; the history of Italian; and Italian and Romance linguistics and dialectology. From 2010 to 2014 she was Pri...
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Title:Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of ItalyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pagesPublished:October 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of figures and tablesList of abbreviationsDialect maps1. Delia Bentley: Existentials and locatives in Romance dialects of Italy: Introduction2. Silvio Cruschina: Focus structure3. Delia Bentley: Predication and argument realization4. Delia Bentley: Definiteness effects and linking5. Francesco Maria Ciconte: Historical context6. Delia Bentley: ConclusionAppendix 1: Early Romance sourcesAppendix 2: Latin sourcesReferencesIndex