Verb Movement in Romance

This book provides a detailed account of verb movement across more than twenty standard and non-standard Romance varieties.

Author: Norma Schifano

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192526809

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

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This book provides a detailed account of verb movement across more than twenty standard and non-standard Romance varieties. Norma Schifano examines the position of the verb with respect to a wide selection of hierarchically-ordered adverbs, as laid out in Cinque's (1999) seminal work. She uses extensive empirical data to demonstrate that, contrary to traditional assumptions, it is possible to identify at least four distinct macro-typologies in the Romance languages: these macro-typologies stem from a compensatory mechanism between syntax and morphology in licensing the Tense, Aspect, and Mood interpretation of the verb. The volume adopts a hybrid cartographic/minimalist approach, in which cartography provides the empirical tools of investigation, and minimalist theory provides the technical motivations for the movement phenomena that are observed. It provides a valuable tool for the examination of fundamental morphosyntactic properties from a cross-Romance perspective, and constitutes a useful point of departure for further investigations into the nature and triggers of verb movement cross-linguistically.
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Verb Movement

This volume represents the latest work from many of the leading researchers in an important field, and draws on analyses from a wide range of languages. It will have a significant impact on its field.

Author: David Lightfoot

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521456614

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 388

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Work on the movement of phrase categories, mostly Noun Phrases, has been a central element of syntactic theorizing almost since the earliest work on generative grammar. Work on the movement of lexical elements, heads, has been much less central until recent years. Verb movement is now, however, the center of current research in syntax. Parallel to the theoretical interest has been the attention focused on the description of verb-second languages and on the movement operations that place the verb in its "second" position. This volume represents the latest work from many of the leading researchers in an important field, and draws on analyses from a wide range of languages. It will have a significant impact on its field.
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Verb Second in Medieval Romance

This volume provides the first book-length study of the controversial topic of Verb Second and related properties in a range of Medieval Romance varieties.

Author: Sam Wolfe

Publisher: Oxford Studies in Diachronic a

ISBN: 9780198804673

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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This volume provides the first book-length study of the controversial topic of Verb Second and related properties in a range of Medieval Romance varieties. It presents an examination and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data from Old French, Occitan, Sicilian, Venetian, Spanish, and Sardinian, in order to assess whether these were indeed Verb Second languages. Sam Wolfe argues that V-to-C movement is a point of continuity across all the medieval varieties - unlike in the modern Romance languages - but that there are rich patterns of synchronic and diachronic variation in the medieval period that have not previously been observed and investigated. These include differences in the syntax-pragmatics mapping, the locus of verb movement, the behaviour of clitic pronouns, the syntax of subject positions, matrix/embedded asymmetries, and the null argument properties of the languages in question. The book outlines a detailed formal cartographic analysis of both the attested synchronic patterns and the diachronic evolution of Romance clausal structure. The findings have widespread implications for the understanding of both the key typological property of Verb Second and the development of Latin into the modern Romance languages.
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Verb Movement and Clause Structure in Old Romanian

1993. Verbs and Diachronic Syntax. A Comparative History of English and
French. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. Roberts, Ian. 1994. Two Types
of Head Movement in Romance. In D. Lightfoot & N. Hornstein (eds), Verb
Movement, ...

Author: Virginia Hill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198736509

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 329

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The book provides a formal analysis of root and complement clauses in Old Romanian, focussing on the combination of Balkan syntactic patterns and Romance morphology. It presents a new perspective on the manifestation of Balkan Sprachbund properties in the language, and on the nature of parametric differences in relation to other Romance languages.
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Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2013

However, a number of more fine‐grained studies focused on Romance have
started to reveal a more nuanced picture, whereby different languages seem to
exhibit dif‐ferent extents of verbmovement across the sentential core.1 In light of
the ...

Author: Enoch O. Aboh

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027267818

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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The Going Romance conferences are a major European annual discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages. This volume assembles a selection of the papers that were presented at the 27th edition of Going Romance, which was organized by the University of Amsterdam in November 2013. The papers present the theoretical analysis of subjects that cover three main themes of interest within current Romance linguistics: word order, the verb, and the DP. The range of languages discussed is broad, and includes not only standard continental but also non-continental Romance languages, and not only standard languages, but also dialectal variation. Furthermore Romance is analyzed not only from a synchronic perspective (including acquisition), but also from a diachronic point of view.
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The Acquisition of Syntax in Romance Languages

This volume includes a selection of papers that address a wide range of acquisition phenomena from different Romance languages and all share a common theoretical approach based on the Principles and Parameters theory.

Author: Vincent Torrens

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027253019

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 421

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This volume includes a selection of papers that address a wide range of acquisition phenomena from different Romance languages and all share a common theoretical approach based on the Principles and Parameters theory. They favour, discuss and sometimes challenge traditional explanations of first and second language acquisition in terms of maturation of general principles universal to all languages. They all depart from the view that language acquisition can be explained in terms of learning language specific rules, constraints or structures. The different parts into which this volume is organized reflect different approaches that current research has offered, which deal with issues of development of reflexive pronouns, determiners, clitics, verbs, auxiliaries, Inflection, wh-movement, rssumptive pronouns, topic and focus, mood, the syntax/discourse interface, topic and focus, and null arguments.
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Subject Inversion in Romance and the Theory of Universal Grammar

No consensus has emerged on what the paramaters are for such variations. This volume does not attempt to create a consensus, but tries to represent and bring into dialogue the different sides of the debate.

Author: Aafke Hulk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198032564

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

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The Romance Languages document remarkable variations in subject word order in different constructions, and have various restrictions in their occurrence. No consensus has emerged on what the paramaters are for such variations. This volume does not attempt to create a consensus, but tries to represent and bring into dialogue the different sides of the debate.
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Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2002

This is the fourth such volume, containing a selection of the papers that have been presented at the 2002 conference, which was held at the State University of Groningen. The three-day program included a workshop on Acquisition.

Author: Reineke Bok-Bennema

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 1588115852

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 273

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The "Going Romance" conferences are a major European annual discussion forum for theoretically relevant research on Romance languages. Selected papers are published in the "Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory "volumes. This is the fourth such volume, containing a selection of the papers that have been presented at the 2002 conference, which was held at the State University of Groningen. The three-day program included a workshop on Acquisition. The articles in this volume focalize on specifics of one or more Romance languages or varieties: clausal structure, verb-movement, topic, focus and reinforcement constructions, nominal ellipsis, (absence of) pronouns in child language, and other current issues in Romance linguistics.
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Word Order in Brazilian Portuguese

If the verb did move past T in interrogatives, the clitic would be expected to
appear after the verb, as in the (ungrammatical) ... Here, the account offered
argues that the [+wh] feature in Romance is present (also) in T, thus forcing
movement of ...

Author: Gláucia V. Silva

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110869552

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

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This book is a new contribution to syntactic theory. The reader will find a clear overview of the central facts concerning Brazilian Portuguese (BP) word order, as well as a comparison to the facts in other Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, and French). In relating other Romance languages to BP, the book shows that BP word order has a number of interesting restrictions that set this language clearly apart from the other Romance languages. This volume provides accounts for declaratives and interrogatives found not only in BP but also in the other Romance languages discussed, taking into consideration parametric differences among the languages studied.
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Comparative Studies in Word Order Variation

Adverbs, pronouns, and clause structure in Romance and Germanic Christopher
Laenzlinger ... For instance, I have shown that pronominal cliticization is
contingent upon verb movement in Romance. This is related to the observation
that ...

Author: Christopher Laenzlinger

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027282316

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 371

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The present book is a typological study in crucial portions of the grammars of French/Romance and German/Germanic. It starts by asking: What do adverbs, pronouns and full noun phrases have in common? This question is tackled, on the one hand, from an empirical perspective by the description of relevant linguistic facts leading to significant and unexpected generalizations, and, on the other hand, from a theoretical perspective by the formalization of (i) a novel model of the Xbar-schema containing at most two Specifiers (double Spec model) and (ii) a well-defined model of Checking Theory, distinguishing A-feature checking from Abar-feature checking (Criterion). The first part of the book deals with the typology and placement of adverbs, while the second part of the book presents the application of Checking Theory, in interaction with the double Spec model of Xbar-theory, to pronouns in Romance and Germanic. The final part of the book contains a treatment of scrambling in Germanic and shows that word order variations among arguments and adverbs within the German(ic) Mittelfeld can be adequately explained in the light of the version of Checking Theory and Phrase Structure Theory developed so far for adverbs and pronouns. We are led to the conclusion that the well-known issue of word order variations can find promising solutions with the Principles & Parameters framework, on the basis of a well-defined formalization of (i) Xbar-theory, (ii) Checking Theory, (iii) clause structure composition, and (iv) locality constraints on syntactic operations and relations.
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The Development of Romance Clitic Pronouns

The series is a platform for contributions of all kinds to this rapidly developing field.

Author: Dieter Wanner

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110893069

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 698

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The series is a platform for contributions of all kinds to this rapidly developing field. General problems are studied from the perspective of individual languages, language families, language groups, or language samples. Conclusions are the result of a deepened study of empirical data. Special emphasis is given to little-known languages, whose analysis may shed new light on long-standing problems in general linguistics.
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Parameters and Universals

Romance. Clitics,. Verb. Movement,. and. PRO. Pronominal clitics in Romance
may either precede or follow the verb they are associated with, depending on a
number of factors, some of which I shall try to elucidate in this article. My analysis
 ...

Author: Richard S. Kayne

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195356217

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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This is a collection of previously published essays on comparative syntax by the distinguished linguist Richard Kayne. The papers cover issues of comparative syntax as they are applied to French, Italian, and other Romance languages and dialects, together forming a strongly cohesive set that will be valuable to both scholars and students.
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Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change

This 1997 volume of essays addresses the issues of syntactic and morphological change.

Author: Ans van Kemenade

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521586437

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

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This 1997 volume of essays addresses the issues of syntactic and morphological change.
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Romance Linguistics

Theoretical Perspectives : Selected Papers from the 27th Linguistic Symposium
on Romance Languages (LSRL XXVII), Irvine, 20-22 February, 1997 Armin
Schwegler, Bernard Tranel, Myriam Uribe- ... head targeted by verb movement.

Author: Armin Schwegler

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027236654

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 349

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This volume contains selected papers from the 27th International Symposium on Romance Lanuages (LSRL XXVII), held in Irvine in February 1997. Focusing on theoretical perspectives, it covers expletive auxilliaries, negation and independent morphological development, and enclitic "-n" in Spanish.
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Diachronic Studies on Information Structure

The. Development. of. V-to-C-Movement. in. the. West. Germanic. and. Romance.
Languages*. Melanie Wratil (Düsseldorf) ... In the minimalist approaches to the
syntax of imperatives, imperative verb movement is, for the most part, seen as a ...

Author: Gisella Ferraresi

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110227475

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 217

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In the last few years a lively discussion on information packaging has arisen, where traditional dichotomies Theme/Rheme, Topic/Comment and Focus/Background have been taken up again and partly reinterpreted. The discussion is mainly being held in syntax, but also in the fields of semantics and pragmatics. Some remarkable progress has been made especially in Focus phonology. Even if the role of information conveying and information packaging in the Indoeuropean languages was hinted at as early as in the classical studies of the Neogrammarians, this field has remained neglected in today's historical linguistics. This volume tries to partly cover this lack with a sample of papers which offer a various range of new empirical data analyzed from the point of view of information structure. The novelty of the papers consists in the modern theoretical perspective from which the data are analyzed and in the various phenomena considered, which range from the rise of clitic elements to word order change and verb movement. Editorial board Dr. habil. Kai Alter (Newcastle University Medical School) Prof. Dr. Ulrike Demske (Universität des Saarlandes) Prof. Dr. Ewald Lang (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Prof. Dr. Rosemarie Lühr (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena) Prof. Dr. Thomas Pechmann (Universität Leipzig) Prof. em. Dr. Anita Steube (Universität Leipzig)
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Partitions and Atoms of Clause Structure

Newbury House. Kayne, R. (1975) French Syntax: The Transformational Cycle,
Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press. Kayne, R. (1984) Connectedness and Binary
Branching, Dordrecht: Foris. Kayne, R. (1991) “Romance clitics, verb movement
and ...

Author: Dominique Sportiche

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134701292

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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This collection brings together some of Dominique Sportiche's best work, including essays that are published here for the first time. The articles discuss the architecture of syntax in natural languages and Sportiche suggests that languages do not differ at all in their syntactic organization. This view takes shape through the analysis of a variety of syntactic configurations and essays examine what it means to be a Subject, how Case marking functions, how it relates to Agreement, and how Pronominal Clitic Constructions should be analyzed.
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Verbs and Diachronic Syntax

This book analyses the development of a number of English and French constructions involving various kinds of subject-verb inversion.

Author: I.G. Roberts

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792317050

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 373

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This book analyses the development of a number of English and French constructions involving various kinds of subject-verb inversion. The analysis is framed in terms of the principles-and-parameters approach to syntactic theory, and provides strong support for the adoption of this approach in the description and explanation of language change. The book falls into three parts. The first presents an overall framework for the analysis of inversion constructions and motivates, on the basis of synchronic data, several parameters which distinguish among the various Romance and Germanic languages. The second part shows how several near-simultaneous syntactic changes in the history of French can be explained as a change in one of the parameters introduced in Chapter One. A notable aspect of this analysis is the way in which the distribution of null subjects is shown to relate to verb-placement. The third part of the book treats verb-movement in the history of English, arguing in detail that the attested changes in this area are due to a change in the internal structure of `Infl', a proposal which has important ramifications for the theory of functional heads. Throughout the book, emphasis is placed on the theoretical questions raised by language change. In this connection the two notions of diachronic reanalysis and parametric change are distinguished. Verbs and Diachronic Syntax will interest all theoretical linguists as well as specialists in the history of English, history of French, Germanic philology and Romance philology.
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Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 1999

Selected Papers from 'Going Romance' 1999, Leiden, 9-11 December Yves d'. ...
in section 3 we present an analysis that combines the different properties of the
internal structure of wh-phrases with sentence structure and verb movement.

Author: Yves d'. Hulst

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027237293

Category: Romance languages

Page: 406

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This volume brings together a selection of articles presented at 'Going Romance' 1999. The articles focus on current syntactic and semantic issues in various Romance languages, including Catalan, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and a number of Northern Italian dialects. A large number of articles focus on negation, which was the theme of the workshop at Going Romance 1999, but other topics investigated include "Wh- in situ," free relatives, exclamatives, lexical decomposition and thematic structure, unaccusative inversion, and temporal existential constructions. Most articles are comparative in nature, relating the different syntactic and semantic properties of both Romance and non-Romance languages to principles of Universal Grammar. The theoretical frameworks adopted in the various articles are diverse, ranging from the Principles and Parameters framework to HPSG.
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The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

With top-notch editors and contributors from around the world, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars and students in formal linguistics.

Author: Giglielmo Cinque

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199722749

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 992

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Comparison across formal languages is an essential part of formal linguistics. The study of closely-related varieties has proven extremely useful in comparing differences that might otherwise appear unrealted, and has helped to identify the core principles of Universal Grammar. This comprehensive handbook serves two functions. It will provide a general and theoretical introduction to comparative syntax, its methodology, and its relation to other domains of linguistic inquiry; and it will provide a systematic selection of the best comparative work being done today on those language groups and families where substantial progress has been achieved. With top-notch editors and contributors from around the world, this volume will be an essential resource for scholars and students in formal linguistics.
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Modal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages

1994 . “ Optional infinitives , verb movement and the economy of derivation in
child grammar ” . Verb movement ed . by David Lightfoot & Norbert Hornstein ,
305 - 350 . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Zwart , C . Jan - Wouter .
1993 .

Author: Johan van der Auwera

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105111397100

Category: Germanic languages

Page: 264

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As of Volume 9 (1994/95) John Benjamins Publishing Company is the official publisher of the Belgian Journal of Linguistics, the annual publication of the Linguistic Society of Belgium. Each volume is topical and includes selected papers from the international meetings organised by the LSB.
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