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Author Cognola, Federica.

Title Syntactic Variation and Verb Second [electronic resource] : a German Dialect in Northern Italy.

Imprint Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (337 pages).
Series Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today
Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today.
Contents Syntactic Variation and Verb Second; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. Mòcheno and the V2 phenomenon; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 On the V2 phenomenon; 2.2.1 V2 in Continental Germanic; 2.2.2 V2 in Old Romance languages; 2.2.3 Triggers for movement; 2.2.4 Partial conclusions; 2.3 Mòcheno as a V2 language; 2.3.1 Rowley's (2003) account; 2.3.2 On the presence of the Korrelate of V2; 2.3.3 On the structure of Mòcheno left periphery; 2.3.4 Against an account in terms of optionality/grammar competition; 2.4 Conclusions.
3. The syntax of subject pronouns3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Three classes of subject pronouns in Mòcheno; 3.2.1 Sentence-initial position; 3.2.2 The coordination test; 3.2.3 Focalization and isolation; 3.2.4 Partial conclusions; 3.3 Distribution of subject pronouns; 3.3.1 Distribution of subject reduced forms in main clauses; 3.3.2 Reduced forms are not agreement markers; 3.3.3 Distribution of subject reduced forms in embedded clauses; 3.3.4 Distribution of strong subject pronouns; 3.4 Conclusions; 4. Satisfaction of EPP and realization of subjects; 4.1 Introduction.
4.2 Fronted constituents and EPP4.2.1 Fronted operators; 4.2.2 The hanging-topic construction; 4.2.3 Simple preposing; 4.2.4 Left-dislocation; 4.3 Sentences with a fronted Nominative subject; 4.3.1 Fronted subjects and the EPP feature; 4.4 Conclusions; 5. Mòcheno as a partial pro-drop language DP-subjects; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 Mòcheno as a partial pro-drop language; 5.2.1 Properties of pro-drop languages; 5.2.2 Licensing of null referential subjects and rich agreement; 5.2.3 Free-subject inversion and that-trace effects; 5.2.4 Expletive null subjects and generic pronouns.
5.2.5 Proposed analysis5.3 The syntax of DP subjects; 5.3.1 DP subjects as informationally marked XPs; 5.3.2 DP subjects in sentences with a fronted operator; 5.4 Conclusions; 6. Multiple access to CP and asymmetric pro-drop split; 6.1 Introduction; 6.2 Multiple access to CP and EPP; 6.2.1 Bottleneck effects; 6.2.2 Combination of constituents in the left periphery; 6.2.3 Again on simple-preposed topics and EPP; 6.2.4 Grewendorf/Poletto's account; 6.2.5 An alternative account for main declarative clauses; 6.2.6 Sentences with a fronted operator; 6.2.7 Partial conclusions.
6.3 On the syntax of embedded clauses6.3.1 Position of the finite verb in embedded clauses; 6.3.2 Form of the complementiser and CP structure; 6.3.3 Realization of the subject and syntax of the finite verb; 6.4 Conclusions; 7. Conclusions; References; Appendix; Questionnaires from Palai; Questionnaires from Fierozzo; Questionnaires from Roveda; Index.
Summary This monograph investigates the syntax of the finite verb in Mòcheno, a minority language spoken in a German speech island of Northern Italy. Basing her study on detailed new data collected during extensive fieldwork, and focusing on finite verb movement; on multiple access to the left periphery; on pro licensing and on the distribution of OV/VO word orders, the author refutes the traditional view that the syntactic variation found in Mòcheno is due to the presence of two competing grammars as a consequence of contact with Romance varieties and accounts for the peculiarities of Mòcheno syntax.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject German language -- Dialects -- Italy -- Fersina River Valley.
German language -- Grammar -- Syntax.
German language -- Verb.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Cognola, Federica. Syntactic Variation and Verb Second : A German Dialect in Northern Italy. Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©2013 9789027255846
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