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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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Functional categories

Functional categories

(p.761) Chapter 46 Functional categories
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Adam Ledgeway

Oxford University Press

The main goal of this chapter is critically to address from a comparative perspective some of the most important issues in the syntax of Romance functional categories, including the emergence of articles, pronominal clitics, auxiliaries, and complementizers; recurrent grammaticalization pathways; the interaction of inflection and periphrasis (including typological distinctions between syntheticity and analyticity, configurationality and non-configurationality, dependent-marking and head-marking); parallels and differences in the range of functional categories available to the nominal (DP), sentential (IP), and clausal (CP) domains; positions and co-occurrence possibilities. Specific topics dealt with include: rise of analyticity; rise of configurationality; Romance functional categories; nominal group (articles; other determiners); verbal group (Romance auxiliaries; Romance synthetic future(-in-the-past); clitic pronouns); the sentence; grammaticalized word orders.

Keywords:   functional categories, articles, clitics, auxiliaries, complementizers, grammaticalization, synthesis, analyticity, (non-)configurationality, dependent-/head-marking

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