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Variation in PComparative Approaches to Adpositional Phrases$
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Jacopo Garzonio and Silvia Rossi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190931247

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190931247.001.0001

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AxParts and Case in Complex PPs

AxParts and Case in Complex PPs

Microvariation in Italian Dialects

(p.84) Chapter 3 AxParts and Case in Complex PPs
Variation in P

Jacopo Garzonio

Silvia Rossi

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers complex PPs involving a lexical/axial item such as under, over, and a small functional P (e.g., sotto (a)l tavolo “under (to) the table”) in Italian and some Italo-Romance varieties. It investigates in particular the types and the realization conditions of small functional Ps appearing in these structures. Adopting a Split-PP framework and the idea that all spatial PPs embed a null PLACE element, the authors argue that the small Ps are possessive case markers. The microcomparative differences across Italo-Romance varieties are linked to the different strategies to encode possession in the DP, and to different categorization (hence Merge positions) of lexical Ps/Axial items.

Keywords:   complex PPs, Italian, Italo-Romance, case, axial parts, microvariation, split-PP

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