Clitics of Italian <i>verbi procomplementari</i>: What are they?

Cinzia Russi

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI:
                             Clitics of Italian verbi procomplementari: What are they?

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This chapter investigates the morpho‐syntactic value and morphological status of obligatory clitics like la found in verbs as farla ‘deceive someone’ vis‐à‐vis Italian canonical object pronoun clitics. It is argued that this la represents a ‘new’, categorically distinct, type of verbal formative that originated from a restricted number of individual collocations involving specific direct object nominal constituents. The development of this new formative indicates the emergence of a purely morphological mapping (that is, a mapping concerning the organization of information into sound–meaning pairing) since a single morphological formative has come to realize multiple morpho‐syntactic (as well as semantic–pragmatic) values.

Keywords: verbi procomplementari; clitics; derivational morphology; semantic evolution; idiomaticization

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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