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A new strategy for progressive marking and its implications for grammaticalization theory: the subject clitic construction of Pantiscu


Loporcaro, M (2012). A new strategy for progressive marking and its implications for grammaticalization theory: the subject clitic construction of Pantiscu. Studies in Language, 36(4):747-784.

Abstract

The variety of Sicilian spoken in Pantelleria has developed a progressive construction which involves pronominal subject clitics. This is striking in many respects. Firstly, on a Romance scale, subject clitics are usually regarded as characteristic for varieties spoken north of Florence. Secondly, in none of the central Romance dialects where subject clitics are known to occur do these convey progressive meaning. The latter seems to be unusual on a larger scale too, as none of the strategies for progressive marking reported in the relevant literature on linguistic typology seems to be directly comparable with the one displayed by Pantiscu. Besides, the results of the present study have some consequences for grammaticalization theory, as they suggest that recent revisions of Hopper & Traugott's `cline of grammaticalization' are not on the right track and that the cline originally proposed should rather be revised so as to include the distinction between syntactic and phonological cliticization.

The variety of Sicilian spoken in Pantelleria has developed a progressive construction which involves pronominal subject clitics. This is striking in many respects. Firstly, on a Romance scale, subject clitics are usually regarded as characteristic for varieties spoken north of Florence. Secondly, in none of the central Romance dialects where subject clitics are known to occur do these convey progressive meaning. The latter seems to be unusual on a larger scale too, as none of the strategies for progressive marking reported in the relevant literature on linguistic typology seems to be directly comparable with the one displayed by Pantiscu. Besides, the results of the present study have some consequences for grammaticalization theory, as they suggest that recent revisions of Hopper & Traugott's `cline of grammaticalization' are not on the right track and that the cline originally proposed should rather be revised so as to include the distinction between syntactic and phonological cliticization.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:30 Jan 2013 13:53
Last Modified:14 Sep 2016 13:47
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
ISSN:0378-4177
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.36.4.02lop
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