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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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The dialects of northern Italy

The dialects of northern Italy

Chapter:
(p.185) Chapter 13 The dialects of northern Italy1
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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages
Author(s):

Paola Benincà

Mair Parry

Diego Pescarini

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0013

After a brief outline of the principal episodes in the external history, the chapter surveys the principal aspects of phonology, morphology and syntax of the dialects of northern Italy, including both Gallo-Italic (Ligurian, Piedmontese, Lombard, Emilian-Romagnol) and Venetan dialects. Topics dealt with include: characteristics of northern Italian dialects; suprasegmental phonology; segmental phonology; morphology of nouns and adjectives; verb morphology: tenses, person endings, root alternations, past participles; word formation; pronouns; articles; demonstratives; possessives; agreement in the nominal group; subject clitic pronouns; wh-movement constructions; negation; auxiliaries and double compound forms; restructuring and clitic climbing; clitic syntax.

Keywords:   northern Italian dialects, phonology, morphology, syntax

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