- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax
- Some Notes on Comparative Syntax, with Special Reference to English and French
- On the Grammatical Basis of Language Development: A Case Study
- Comparative Syntax and Language Disorders
- Object Shift, Verb Movement, and Verb Reduplication
- Finiteness and Negation in Dravidian
- On Some Descriptive Generalizations in Romance
- Classifiers in Four Varieties of Chinese
- Morphology and Word Order in “Creolization” and Beyond
- The Slavic Languages
- The Scandinavian Languages
- Noun Class, Gender, and the Lexicon-Syntax-Morphology Interfaces: A Comparative Study of Niger-Congo and Romance Languages
- Agreement and Its Placement in Turkic Nonsubject Relative Clauses
- Quʼest-ce-que (<i>qu</i>)-<i>est-ce-que</i>?: A Case Study in Comparative Romance Interrogative Syntax
- Clitic Placement, Grammaticalization, and Reanalysis in Berber
- Clitic Placement in Western Iberian: A Minimalist View
- Comparative Athapaskan Syntax: Arguments and Projections
- Number Agreement Variation in Catalan Dialects
- Classifiers and DP Structure in Southeast Asia
- The Celtic Languages
- Preverbal Elements in Korean and Japanese
- Continental West-Germanic Languages
- Language Index
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
This article presents a number of cross-linguistic descriptive generalizations concerning Romance languages and points out their theoretical relevance for syntactic theory. It shows how cross-linguistic variation can direct our research toward a precise path and thereby narrow down the number of possible analyses of a given phenomenon. The article examines the pattern of clitic wh- elements and illustrates some empirical generalizations that are valid both diachronically and cross-linguistically.
Paola Benincà, University of Padua, Italy
Cecilia Poletto is professor for Romance linguistics at the Goethe University in Frankfurt since 2011, and associate professor at the University of Venice. Her interests are mainly on microvariation of the Romance languages, both in a synchronic and diachronic perspective. She worked on various topics within the cartographic framework, from subject clitics, doubling, to interrogative structures and negation and is part of the ASIt project, an online database for Italian dialects.
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