In this paper we describe the distribution of propredicative clitics in nominal copular constructions across diff erent Italo-romance varieties. Diff erent lexical items are recruited from the lexicon to cliticize the predicative NP, all of them either lack infl ection or show a neuter infl ection: the ‘uninfl ected’ status of propredicatives, in fact, is an available option among the categorical status of diff erent pronouns. Th e characteristics of propredicatives across Italo-Romance confi rms the predictions of the analysis of Moro (1997: 1) copular constructions allow only one agreement projection (agreement with the subject of the copular sentence and not with the predicate), 2) the proforms are generated in N0 rather than a D0. Th is analysis challenges the ‘defi nite’ analyses of romance l-clitics (which date back to Postal 1966): such proposals often invoke the parallel between clitics and defi nite articles as a reason to treat clitics as belonging to the category D. We will also show that apparent counterexamples found in some varieties in which the proforms agree in gender and number with the nominal predicates rely on semantic restrictions and ellipsis. We will fi nally update the proposal of Moro (1997) in terms of the labelling algorithm (Moro 2009; Chomsky 2013; Rizzi 2016): the N0 cliticization involved in the propredicative items allows a D0 in situ within the small clause which label the small clause, which otherwise will be unlabelled and imply a crash in the derivation.

The propredicative clitic in Italo-romance: a micro-parametric variation approach

Lorusso Paolo;Moro Andrea
2020

Abstract

In this paper we describe the distribution of propredicative clitics in nominal copular constructions across diff erent Italo-romance varieties. Diff erent lexical items are recruited from the lexicon to cliticize the predicative NP, all of them either lack infl ection or show a neuter infl ection: the ‘uninfl ected’ status of propredicatives, in fact, is an available option among the categorical status of diff erent pronouns. Th e characteristics of propredicatives across Italo-Romance confi rms the predictions of the analysis of Moro (1997: 1) copular constructions allow only one agreement projection (agreement with the subject of the copular sentence and not with the predicate), 2) the proforms are generated in N0 rather than a D0. Th is analysis challenges the ‘defi nite’ analyses of romance l-clitics (which date back to Postal 1966): such proposals often invoke the parallel between clitics and defi nite articles as a reason to treat clitics as belonging to the category D. We will also show that apparent counterexamples found in some varieties in which the proforms agree in gender and number with the nominal predicates rely on semantic restrictions and ellipsis. We will fi nally update the proposal of Moro (1997) in terms of the labelling algorithm (Moro 2009; Chomsky 2013; Rizzi 2016): the N0 cliticization involved in the propredicative items allows a D0 in situ within the small clause which label the small clause, which otherwise will be unlabelled and imply a crash in the derivation.
agreement, clitics, defi niteness, nominal copular constructions, propredicatives
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