Grammar of Central Trentino

A Romance Dialect from North-East Italy


Central Trentino is a Romance dialect spoken in the North-East of Italy, which shows features belonging to both Gallo-Italic and Venetan dialects. Grammar of Central Trentino aims to present the first comprehensive grammatical description of this dialect, taking into consideration its morpho-syntactic properties and pragmatic phenomena.
The book's general approach is synchronic and focused on the language currently in use. The authors discuss a wide range of examples gathered from both oral and written sources.
The theoretical reference model is that of generative grammar, but the description of the phenomena is also accessible to a non-specialized audience.

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Jan Casalicchio, Ph.D. (2013), University of Padua, is Lecturer of Linguistics and Language Teaching at the University of Palermo. He published several articles on Romance languages and Italian dialectology, and the monograph Pseudorelative, gerundi e infiniti nelle varietà romanze (Lincom, 2013).
Patrizia Cordin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Trento. She has published monographs and articles on Romance languages, including Le costruzioni verbo-locativo in area romanza: dallo spazio all'aspetto (De Gruyter, 2011) and Pronomi e determinanti (Carocci, 2019).
List of Illustrations and Tables

Annex to Introduction: Phonetic Simplified Alphabet

1 Overview
 1.1  Trentino Dialects in the Context of Northern Italian Dialects
 1.2  The Main Romance Dialect Groups Spoken in Trentino
 1.3  Germanic Languages Spoken in Trentino
 1.4  Previous Studies

2 Nominal Morphology
 2.1  Nominal Inflection: Number and Gender
 2.2  Nominal Derivational Suffixes
 2.3  Evaluative Morphology
 2.4  Nominal Derivational Prefixes
 2.5  Compound and Phrasal Nouns

3 Noun Phrases: Nouns with Determiners and Adjectives
 3.1  Definite and Indefinite Determiners
 3.2  Demonstrative + N
 3.3  Possessive + N
 3.4  Quantified NP
 3.5  Interrogative and Exclamative NP
 3.6  Quality Adjectives

4 Morphology and Syntax of Personal Pronouns
 4.1  The Forms of Free Pronouns and Clitics
 4.2  Subject Clitics
 4.3  Se Impersonal Subject
 4.4  Subject Clitics in Interrogative Sentences
 4.5  Clitics in Relative Clauses
 4.6  Free Pronouns and Clitics as Direct Objects
 4.7  Free Pronouns and Clitics as Datives and Indirect Objects
 4.8  Reflexive Pronouns
 4.9  Clitics Clusters
 4.10  Allocutive Pronouns

5 Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases
 5.1  The Use of Simple Prepositions in Locative and Temporal Contexts
 5.2  Other Uses of Simple Prepositions
 5.3  Comparative Remarks on the Use of the Preposition in Central Trentino
 5.4  Derivative and Compound Prepositions

6 Adverbs and Adverbial Phrases
 6.1  Adverbial Morphology
 6.2  Intensification and Modification of Adverbs
 6.3  Some Peculiarities of the Adverbial System in Central Trentino
 6.4  Affirmative and Negative Adverbs

7 Verb Morphology
 7.1  The Regular Verbal Conjugations
 7.2  Irregular Verbs
 7.3  Past Participle Formation
 7.4  Verb Formation
 7.5  ‘Verb with Locative’ Constructions
Annex to Ch. 7: Tables of Verb Forms

8 Verb Agreement and Valency
 8.1  Verb Agreement
 8.2  Verb Types
 8.3  Passive Voice and Other Mechanisms of Subject Demotion

9 Main and Embedded Clauses
 9.1  The Syntax of Main Clauses
 9.2  Argumental Subordinate Clauses
 9.3  Adverbial Subordinate Clauses
 9.4  Other Subordinate Clauses Introduced by the Complementiser che: Relatives, Pseudo-relatives and Clefts
 9.5  Use of Subjunctive in Embedded Clauses

10 Pragmatic Particles
 10.1  General Properties
 10.2  Pragmatic Particles in Declarative Sentences
 10.3  Pragmatic Particles in Interrogative and Imperative Sentences
 10.4  The Modal Interpretation of the Enclitic -(n)te

Scholars and students of Romance languages who are interested in non-standard varieties and dialects and anyone concerned with Northern Italian dialects, especially Trentino dialects.