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|Title:||Unagreement between Italian and Southern Italian dialects|
Squillaci, Maria Olimpia
|Publisher:||Venice : Center of Language Sciences|
|Abstract:||This paper discusses new data from two southern Italian dialects, northern Calabrese and southern Calabrese, which contrast with standard Italian in exhibiting the flexible agreement patterns with definite plural subjects characteristic of the unagreement phenomenon of Spanish and Modern Greek. We highlight a problem that this raises for recent proposals connecting the availability of unagreement to the obligatory presence of a definite article in adnominal pronoun constructions like “we children”. Adopting the distributed morphology framework, we suggest that the contrast between standard Italian and the southern varieties may be due to variation in the feature specification of the vocabulary items realising the D head.|
|Appears in Collections:||Rivista di Grammatica Generativa : Research in Generative Grammar (RGG)|
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