This volume is a collection of grammar sketches from several Italo-Romance varieties.
The contributions cover various areas of linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax)
and are organized in sections according to the customary geolinguistic classification.
Each chapter provides the description of a salient phenomenon for a given language,
based on novel data, as well as the state-of-the-art knowledge on that phenomenon.
The articles are in-depth studies carried out by prominent experts as well as promising
The theoretical apparatus is kept to a minimum in order to make the book accessible to
scholars without specific expertise. For the same reason, hypotheses and formalisms are
introduced gradually, only if necessary for the description of the data.
Roberta D’Alessandro (Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2004, Stuttgart University), is Professor of Syntax and Language Variation at Utrecht University. She has published extensively on Italian and Romance linguistics, dialectology, variation, and syntax-phonology.
Diego Pescarini (Ph.D. in Linguistics, 2006, University of Padua) is Research Associate at the University of Zurich. His research focuses on the comparative grammar of the Romance languages.
Contributors are: Luigi Andriani, Caroline Bacciu, Andrea Calabrese, Anna Cardinaletti, Jan Casalicchio, Edoardo Cavirani, Federica Cognola, Patrizia Cordin, Silvio Cruschina, Roberta D'Alessandro, Giuliana Giusti, Mirko Grimaldi, Michele Loporcaro, Luca Lorenzetti, Guido Mensching, Diego Pescarini, Andrea Scala, Giancarlo Schirru.
Preface List of Figures, Maps and Tables
1 The Distribution of Gender and Number in Lunigiana Nominal Expressions Edoardo Cavirani
2 On the Interpretation of an Interrogative Form in North-Eastern Italian Dialects Patrizia Cordin
3 Verb-Second and (Micro)Variation in Two Rhaeto-Romance Varieties of Northern Italy Jan Casalicchio and Federica Cognola
4 On the Palatalization of /s/ + Consonant in Some Dialects of Middle and Southern Italy Luca Lorenzetti
5 On the Gender System of Viterbese Michele Loporcaro
6 Indefinite Determiners. Variation and Optionality in Italo-Romance Anna Cardinaletti and Giuliana Giusti
Upper Southern Varieties
7 Italo-Romance Phonological Rules and Indo-Aryan Lexicon: The Case of Abruzzian Romani Andrea Scala
8 Avita fatta: Non-Etymological Forms of Auxiliary habere in Southern Italian Dialects Carlo Schirru
9 Adjectival Positions in Barese: Prenominal Exceptions to the Postnominal Rule Luigi Andriani
Extreme Southern Varieties and Sardinian
10 Metaphony in Southern Salento: New Analysis and New Data Mirko Grimaldi and Andrea Calabrese
11 The ‘go for’ Construction in Sicilian Silvio Cruschina
12 The Complementizers ca and chi in Sardinian: Syntactic Properties and Geographic Distribution Caroline Bacciu and Guido Mensching
The book is written for scholars interested in Romance linguistics. Given the very limited formal background, the book is also very useful as a reference for students.