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- DescriptionThis book was first published in 2010. The study of Romance languages can tell us a great deal about sentence structure and its variation in general. Focusing on the dialects of Italy - including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily - the authors explore three thematic areas: the minal domain, the verbal domain and the left periphery of the clause. The book gives fresh attention to the dialects, arguing that they offer an unprecedented degree of variation (t found, for example, in Germanic languages). Analysing a host of data, the authors show how the dialects can be used as a test-bed for investigating and challenging received ideas about language structure and change. Coherent and wide-ranging, this is a vital resource for those working in syntactic theory, historical linguistics and Romance languages.
- Author BiographyRoberta D'Alessandro is Head of the Department of Italian Language and Culture at Leiden University. Adam Ledgeway is Head of the Department of Italian and Senior Lecturer in Romance Philology in the Department of Italian at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge. Ian Roberts is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication14/01/2010
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note20 tables
- Weight720 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Edited byAdam Ledgeway,Ian G. Roberts,Roberta D'Alessandro
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