Matching Moods

Federico Damonte

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

Matching Moods

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Salentino and Southern Calabrian have a two complementiser system (declarative and subjunctive) that has been recently analysed in terms of Rizzi’s (1997) split CP framework. Yet, only Salentino cu has complementiser-like features such as Doubly-Filled Comp effects, whereas Southern Calabrian mu is better analysed as an IP internal mood particle. This chapter proposes that subjunctive mood is spelled out in both the CP and IP layer; this hypothesis is shown to correctly predict that Salentino must have other means to mark subjunctive mood in the embedded IP, namely morphological subjunctive mood and embedded auxiliaries, whereas Southern Calabrian spells out the mood feature in CP through the prepositional complementiser pe for. These facts would not receive a unified explanation under a theory in which only one modal element, either in CP or IP, is sufficient to mark the embedded clause as subjunctive.

Keywords: syntax; subjunctive mood; southern Italian dialects; complementisers; control

Chapter.  12645 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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