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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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Subject clitics: syntax

Subject clitics: syntax

(p.772) Chapter 47 Subject clitics: syntax
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages

Cecilia Poletto

Christina Tortora

Oxford University Press

The main goal of this chapter is critically to address from a comparative perspective some of the most important issues regarding the syntax of Romance subject clitics as currently found in northern and southern Gallo-Romance varieties, Francoprovençal, Raeto-Romance, and the dialects of northern Italy and northern Tuscany. Specific topics dealt with include: what counts as a subject clitic language?; person subject clitics; nmber subject clitics; deictic subject clitics; invariable subject clitics; lack of subject clitics in imperatives; enclisis of subject clitics in interrogatives and other non-declarative clauses; subject relative clauses; expletive environments; verb class; subject identification; position of the subject; type of subject; null subject (pro); tonic pronoun; full noun phrase; quantifier phrases; functions unrelated to the identification of a subject; place holders; auxiliary clitics; OCL-for-SCL phenomenon; left-peripheral functions.

Keywords:   subject clitics, licensing, co-occurrence, inversion, coordination, proclisis, enclisis, negation, doubling, agreement

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