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1 Introduction The goal of this article is twofold: to provide an overview of the variation patterns in the syntax of partitive objects under negation (Negated Partitive Objects: NPOs) in the Northern Italian dialectal domain, and to analyze them in a diachronic perspective comparing them with two different syntactic items: true partitive structures (TPSs) and the so-called “partitive articles” (PAs). The phenomenon we intend to investigate is exemplified in (1) If not stated otherwise, all the examples are taken from the ASIt, Atlante Sintattico d

On wh-clitics and wh-doubling in French and some North Eastern Italian dialects1 CECILIA POLETTO AND JEAN-YVES POLLOCK Probus 16 (2004), 241–272 0921–4771/04/016-0241 ©Walter de Gruyter Abstract The main goal of this paper is to shed light on the doubling wh structures that many North Eastern Italian dialects exhibit, on the one hand, and on the ‘hid- den’ doubling at work in French que questions, on the other. Both constructions we claim should be analysed as the A-bar counterparts of pronominal clitic doubling. The execution of these ideas rests on a highly

VOWEL LENGTH IN NORTHERN ITALIAN DIALECTS LORI REPETTI State University ofNew York, Stony Brook 0. INTRODUCTION* Many varieties of Italo-Romance spoken in northern Italy have both long and short vowels, but lack consonant length distinctions. Using a moraic model to organize and analyze the data, first, I will show that the long vowels in the dialects of northern Italy derive from different historical processes. In sorne northern Italian dialects (Emilian) long vowels arise from lengthened vowels in original open syllables, but the long vowels of some other

Anna Cardinaletti and Giuliana Giusti Multiple agreement in Southern Italian dialects 1 Introduction In Southern Italian varieties of Sicily, Calabria and Apulia, motion verbs enter multiple agreement constructions like the ones listed in (1), in which V1 and V2 are inflected for the same Person and Tense features1: (1) a. vɔ ˈmaɲdʒə (Martina Franca, Apulia, Manzini & Savoia 2005: 690) b. va[japp]igghio u pani (Marsala, Sicily, Cardinaletti & Giusti 2003: 32) a the bread c. vinni mu ti viju (Southern Calabria, Rohlfs 1969

Jacopo Garzonio, University of Venice On complexity of interrogative syntax in Northern Italian dialects* Abstract: In this article I discuss the relative syntactic complexity of three different Italo-Romance dialects spoken in the Alpine area. The main focus of the analysis is the syntactic encoding of interrogative force, whose complexity is measured by means of two separate parameters: the derivational weight of both yes/no and wh questions and the number of synonymous freely interchangeable con- structions. Following the current way of proceeding in

XII SYNTACTIC ENCODING OF ASPECT IN SOME NORTHERN ITALIAN DIALECTS CECILIA POLETTO 1. Introduction In this article I will analyse a number of constructions encoding aspectual dis- tinctions in some Northern Italian dialects. I will show that aspect can be encoded by different elements in the syntactic structure of the clause and that there is a fundamental syntactic difference between Terminative and Continuous Aspect. In my study of the Passé Surcomposé in Poletto (1992b) I made the hypothesis that Terminative Aspect, which expresses that an action has been Diego Pescarini Subject and impersonal clitics in northern Italian dialects 1 Introduction This paper examines the interaction between subject clitics and the clitic si/se triggering an arbitrary interpretation (henceforth sarb; Manzini 1986; Cinque 1988 a.o.). Sarb constructions feature an implicit argument denoting a set of human individuals that may contain the speaker. The null argument usually corresponds to the external argument of transitive and unergative verbs and, to a lesser extent, the internal argument

Vowel properties and nuclear constituents: Evidence from Italian dialects1 GIOVANNA MAROTTA and LEONARDO M. SAVOIA Abstract The paper analyzes the vowel systems of some Southern Italian dialects in the light of government phonology. In particular, the well-known contrast between tensing and laxing is related here to a possible association of charm properties with nuclear positions. Despite the g re at variation shown by the dialects considered, the theoretical notions as well as the general constraints assumed in this phonological theory are demonstrated to be

Michela Cerniamo (Napoli) Transitivity in the Italian dialects: synchronic aspects and diachronic implications1 This paper will outline the main characteristics of passive and impersonal reflexives in the Italian dialects. The analysis will be cast within a prototypical, non-discrete view of Transitivity and the categories therein involved, along the lines of Lakoff (1977), Hopper/Thompson (1980; 1982), Shibatani (1985), Comrie (1989), among others. In particular, we shall illustrate the spread of the reflexive strategy to code these categories in

2 Language at Play: The Italian Dialect Theatre / / tcatro dialcllalc e stato in Italia un gran maestro di sincerila. Antonio Gramsci, Sotto la mole1 Within the context of European theatrical culture, Italy prides itself with a tradition in the literary standard that extends from the Sucre rappresen- tazioni of the fifteenth century to the world-renowned twentieth-century theatre giant Luigi Pirandello.2 Among its outstanding expressions were the Renaissance theatre with its classical tragedies, pastoral drama, and the brilliant comedies of Ariosto, Bibbiena