Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cycles in Language Change$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Miriam Bouzouita, Anne Breitbarth, Lieven Danckaert, and Elisabeth Witzenhausen

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198824961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198824961.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 20 January 2021

Weak elements in cycles

Weak elements in cycles

A case study on dative pronouns in Old Italo-Romance

(p.71) 5 Weak elements in cycles
Cycles in Language Change

Jacopo Garzonio

Silvia Rossi

Oxford University Press

The diachronic development of Modern Italian pronouns, in particular of the 3pl dative loro ‘to them’ (Cardinaletti 2010; Egerland 2010), could be seen as the first step in a linguistic cycle in which elements become more and more structurally deficient, going from strong XPs, through weak deficient XPs, and finally to clitic X°s. However, historical data from Old Tuscan varieties show that there is much distributional instability and variation which is not easily accommodated in Cardinaletti and Starke’s (1999) tripartite typology. It will be claimed that the diachronic development of dative loro can be captured in terms of a close interaction between the internal structure of pronouns (where reanalysis as upward movement and the Head Preference Principle derive different degrees of structural deficiency), and general rules governing sentence structure.

Keywords:   dative pronoun, Old Italo-Romance, morphosyntax, cycle, weak pronoun, strong pronoun, clitic pronoun

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .