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Movement and Silence$
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Richard S. Kayne

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179163

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179163.001.0001

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Review of Paola Benincà, La variazione sintattica. Studi di dialettologia romanza

Review of Paola Benincà, La variazione sintattica. Studi di dialettologia romanza

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(p.57) 3 Review of Paola Benincà, La variazione sintattica. Studi di dialettologia romanza
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Movement and Silence
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Richard S. Kayne (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179163.003.0003

This chapter discusses microcomparative syntax in the form of a review of a 1994 collection of essays by Paola Benincà, whose work has shown how Italian dialect syntax can provide an invaluable window on aspects of universal grammar (UG) that might have gone unnoticed in work restricted to the best-known Romance languages. Although the discussion is limited to Romance, the point clearly extends to other families as well. The extent to which closely related dialects can vary in their syntax is widely underestimated. Benincà's work has, over the past twenty or so years, contributed substantially toward rectifying that misapprehension.

Keywords:   Paola Benincà, microcomparative syntax, Italian language, dialects, diachronic syntax, subject clitics, null subjects, dialect syntax

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