# 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.

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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.

## 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.

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Item Type: Journal Article, refereed, original work 06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies 800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism 470 Latin & Italic languages 410 Linguistics 440 French & related languages 460 Spanish & Portuguese languages 450 Italian, Romanian & related languages Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language English 2012 30 Jan 2013 13:53 30 Jul 2020 07:30 John Benjamins Publishing 0378-4177 Closed Official URL. An embargo period may apply. https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.36.4.02lop http://docserver.ingentaconnect.com/deliver/connect/jbp/03784177/v36n4/s2.pdf?expires=1359555950&id=72637476&titleid=3665&accname=UZH+Hauptbibliothek+%2F+Zentralbibliothek+Z%C3%BCrich&checksum=86213AB59B5FAE97BE57A229C8BAAC35 http://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/sl.36.4.02lop/details

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