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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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Subject Clitics

Subject Clitics

(p.225) Chapter 5 Subject Clitics
A Comparative Grammar of Borgomanerese

Christina Tortora

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the morpho-syntax of Borgomanerese subject clitics, which contribute new material to the rich body of facts already known about subject clitic systems. The chapter shows that while some aspects of Borgomanerese subject clitic morpho-syntax are reminiscent of what is found in other varieties of Northern Italian, some forms (and the behavior they exhibit) are novel. Particularly noteworthy in this regard are: (a) the second-person subject clitic tal (which is unusual in exhibiting an l form occurring only with nonauxiliary verbs); (b) the subject clitic i, which exhibits some properties of the invariable clitics, on the one hand, but also properties of the deictic clitics, on the other; (c) the form (n)gh; (d) the third-person impersonal a; and (e) the behavior of certain subject clitics in relation to vocalic and non-vocalic auxiliaries. The theory in this chapter relies heavily on the Poletto (2000) framework.

Keywords:   subject clitic, higher functional field, impersonal clitic, vocalic auxiliary, invariable clitic, deictic clitic, person clitic, number clitic, impersonal clitic, locative clitic

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