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On Some Descriptive Generalizations in Romance

Paola Benincà and Cecilia Poletto

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195136517.013.0006

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

On Some Descriptive Generalizations in Romance

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This article presents a number of cross-linguistic descriptive generalizations concerning Romance languages and points out their theoretical relevance for syntactic theory. It shows how cross-linguistic variation can direct our research toward a precise path and thereby narrow down the number of possible analyses of a given phenomenon. The article examines the pattern of clitic wh- elements and illustrates some empirical generalizations that are valid both diachronically and cross-linguistically.

Keywords: Romance languages; descriptive generalizations; syntactic theory; wh-elements; clitic elements

Article.  13163 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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