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The interpretation of <i>pro</i> in consistent and partial null-subject languages: A comparative interface analysis

Mara Frascarelli

in Null Subjects in Generative Grammar: A Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198815853
eISBN:
9780191853449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815853.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter deals with the acceptability and interpretation of referential null subjects (NSs) and compares consistent pro-drop in Italian with equivalent sentences in Finnish (a partial NS ... More


Focus structure

Silvio Cruschina

in Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198745266
eISBN:
9780191806230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745266.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter presents an analysis of the focus structure of four types of Italo-Romance there sentence: existentials, inverse locatives, deictic locatives, and presentationals. In contrast with ... More


Information and discourse structure

Silvio Cruschina

in The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199677108
eISBN:
9780191808821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0034
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Historical Linguistics

The main goal of this chapter is to provide a comparative overview of some of the principal aspects of information and discourse structure in Romance, covering such areas as the packaging of ... More


Conclusion

Delia Bentley

in Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198745266
eISBN:
9780191806230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745266.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

This chapter presents the conclusions on existentials and locatives in the Romance dialects of Italy, highlighting the contribution of the volume to the following core issues in linguistic theory: ... More


A test bed for grammatical theories

Pieter A. M. Seuren

in From Whorf to Montague: Explorations in the Theory of Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199682195
eISBN:
9780191764929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682195.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

In this chapter, a number of crucial observations are presented and discussed that prove the inadequacy of current theories of grammar—especially ‘cognitivist’ approaches—which deny any universals ... More


Referential null subjects in German: Dialects and diachronic continuity

Helmut Weiß and Anna Volodina

in Null Subjects in Generative Grammar: A Synchronic and Diachronic Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780198815853
eISBN:
9780191853449
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815853.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Historical Linguistics

Null subjects (NSs) have been a central research topic in generative syntax ever since the 1980s. This chapter considers the situation of German NSs both from a dialectological and from a diachronic ... More


An effect of residual T-to-C movement in varieties of English

Judy B. Bernstein

in Word Order Change

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198747307
eISBN:
9780191809712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198747307.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter examines verb-second (V2) cross-linguistically in closely related varieties of English: Older Scots, displaying general V2; present-day Appalachian English and African American English, ... More


Word order and information structure in the Würzburg Glosses

Cara M. DiGirolamo

in Word Order Change

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198747307
eISBN:
9780191809712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198747307.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter deals with the interface between Syntax and Pragmatics by examining argument fronting in Old Irish non-poetic Glosses. Relying on lexical and contextual indicators of discourse function, ... More


Subject inversion in transitive sentences from Classical to Modern European Portuguese: A corpus-based study

Charlotte Galves and Alba Gibrail

in Word Order Change

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198747307
eISBN:
9780191809712
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198747307.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter focuses on Classical Portuguese and its change to Modern European Portuguese, bringing to the debate new data concerning transitive sentences. The data are drawn from the Tycho Brahe ... More


The prefield after the Old High German period

Augustin Speyer and Helmut Weiß

in Clause Structure and Word Order in the History of German

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198813545
eISBN:
9780191851414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813545.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology

The filling of the prefield in Modern German is determined by information-structural constraints such as scene-setting, contrastiveness, and topichood. While OHG does not yet show competition between ... More


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