Toward a Hierarchy of Clause Types

Nicola Munaro

in Mapping the Left Periphery

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740376
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199895304 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Toward a Hierarchy of Clause Types

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The aim of this chapter is to carry out a crosslinguistic comparison among some North-Eastern Italian dialects displaying subject clitic inversion; it is proposed that in the presence of a verbal form with enclisis of the pronominal subject the event is presented subjectively, that is, related to the speaker’s observational perspective. It is argued that each instance of clausal typing is triggered by the raising of the inflected verb to a different landing site inside the CP-layer; the attested crossdialectal variation provides evidence for the existence of a few functional projections encoding some aspects of the speaker’s relation to the propositional content expressed by the clause. Relying on previous work on the structural articulation of the left periphery, it is also argued that clausal typing can be achieved inside a conditional or concessive clause by verb raising to an appropriate head of the CP field, which in turn triggers raising of the clausal adjunct to the relevant specifier of the matrix left periphery in order to enter a local relation with a force node.

Keywords: North-Eastern Italian dialects; subject-clitic inversion; split-CP; concessive clause; conditional clause; left periphery

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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