Following crucial insights on the functional structure of the clause and recent developments within the cartographic projects and minimalism, this book addresses various central themes in Italian and Romance syntax ranging from verb syntax and the syntax of verb-related phenomena of agreement and cliticization, to word order issues and their status in discourse contexts. It illustrates a research program where the basic formal components of grammar, the rich cartographic syntactic structures, are directly implicated in morphosyntactic computations proper as well as in the articulation of discourse strategies.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part I: Clause Structure and Verb Related Syntax Chapter 1: Generalized Verb movement Chapter 2: Agreement and Case in Past Participial Clauses in Italian Chapter 3: Verb positions: Evidence from Italian Chapter 4: (Past) Participle Agreement Chapter 5: Italian/Romance Clitics: Structure and Derivation Part II: The Syntax of (some) Discourse Related Strategies Chapter 6: Aspects of the Low IP Area Chapter 7: Inversion as Focalization and Related Matters Chapter 8: Extended Doubling and the vP-periphery Chapter 9: Kinds of Evidence for Linguistic Theory Chapter 10: Answering Strategies: New Information Subjects and the Nature of Clefts Chapter 11: Pronouns and the Edge of the Clause
Adriana Belletti is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Siena. She has been a researcher at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and has taught at the University of Geneva. Her publications include: The Case of Unaccusatives; Generalized Verb Movement. Aspects of Verb Syntax; Aspects of the Low IP area.