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N morphology and its interpretation : the neuter in Central Italian varieties and its implications
Franco, Ludovico (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Manzini, M. Rita (Università di Firenze)
Savoia, Leonardo M. (Università di Firenze)

Date: 2015
Abstract: We characterize Romance inflectional class morphology in Nouns as endowed with a semantic content, providing evidence about its active involvement at the syntaxsemantic interface. We argue that the so-called neuter of Central Italian dialects involves coding of the mass/count distinction, which can in turn be interpreted as the reflex of a more primitive property, opposes non-individual content to instances of individual denotation. Indeed the -o 'neuter' inflection of Central Italian varieties is compatible not only with mass nouns but also with eventive contents and with the invariable inflections found with perfect participles of unergative/transitive verbs. We show that mass vs. count semantic content is available in other Indo-European languages and in genetically unrelated languages through nominal class morphology supporting the idea that nominal class is a classifier.
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Language: Anglès
Document: article ; recerca ; publishedVersion
Subject: Nominal class ; Gender ; Agreement ; Neuter ; Mass/count distinction
Published in: Isogloss : a journal on variation of Romance and Iberian languages, Special Issue (2015) , p.41-67 (Articles) , ISSN 2385-4138

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DOI: 10.5565/rev/isogloss.14

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