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Existentials and Locatives in Romance Dialects of Italy

Delia Bentley, Francesco Maria Ciconte, and Silvio Cruschina


This volume provides the first ever large-scale comparative treatment of there sentences (there copula NP), reporting the results of a survey of Italo-Romance and Sardinian dialects of Italy. The volume comprises detailed discussions of focus structure, predication and argument realization, the definiteness effects, and the linking from semantics to syntax in there sentences, advancing novel proposals in each case. The testing of influential hypotheses on existential constructions against first-hand dialect evidence leads the book to argue that existential and locative there sentences differ i ... More

Keywords: existential, locative, there-sentences, dialects, Italo-Romance, Sardinian, Romance, Role and Reference Grammar, microvariation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198745266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745266.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Delia Bentley, author
Professor of Romance Linguistics, University of Manchester

Francesco Maria Ciconte, author
Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Puerto Rico

Silvio Cruschina, author
Assistant Lecturer, University of Vienna