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A Comparative Grammar of Borgomanerese$
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Christina Tortora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945627

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945627.001.0001

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Object Clitics in Simple Tense, Complex Predicate, and Imperative Clauses

Object Clitics in Simple Tense, Complex Predicate, and Imperative Clauses

(p.83) Chapter 3 Object Clitics in Simple Tense, Complex Predicate, and Imperative Clauses
A Comparative Grammar of Borgomanerese

Christina Tortora

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed description and analysis of the syntax of complement clitics in Borgomanerese (a “generalized enclisis” dialect), which is relatively unusual in the Romance realm. The theory of object clitic placement in Borgomanerese offered in this chapter provides a ground on which to revisit object clitic syntax in Romance more generally, which in turn leads to novel analyses which capture previously unnoted cross-linguistic generalizations. The chapter contributes novel insights about adverb movement, the structure of past participles, past participle movement, the featural composition of functional heads, the featural composition of object clitics, the relation between object clitics and functional heads, the nature of syntactically determined allomorphy, the nature of restructuring, the structure of clauses selected by functional and nonfinite verbal forms, and the similarity between imperative and nonfinite clauses.

Keywords:   object clitic, clitic climbing, complex predicates, restructuring, clausal architecture, adverb placement, causatives, features, imperatives, vowel harmony

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