Phonological Theory and the Dialects of Italy

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These articles provide new explorations into phonological patterns attested in the minor Romance languages ('dialects') spoken in Italy. The goal of this book is both theoretical and empirical. First, it aims to introduce non-Italianists to the phonological structures of the Italian dialects, including northern Gallo-Romance dialects, central and southern dialects, plus a Francoprovencal dialect spoken in southern Italy and a Catalan dialect spoken in Sardinia. Second, the collection provides readers with sophisticated analyses of complex and poorly understood and under-studied phonological phenomena. Over half of the articles contain data collected by the authors, and most of the data have not been available in English language publications. The richness of the empirical material and the sophistication of the theoretical analyses make this collection a particularly important contribution to both phonology and Romance language more

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  • Hardback | 311 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 10.16mm | 453.59g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110265
  • 9781588110268

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgments; 2. List of Contributors; 3. Phonological Theory and the Dialects of Italy (by Repetti, Lori); 4. The Relationship Between Vowel Length and Consonantal Voicing in Friulian (by Baroni, Marco); 5. Consonant Gemination in Neapolitan (by Bullock, Barbara E.); 6. The Feature [Advanced Tongue Root] and Vowel Fronting in Romance (by Calabrese, Andrea); 7. Vowel Alternation, Vowel/Consonant Assimilation and OCP Effects in a Barese Dialect (by D'Introno, Francesco); 8. How Many Moras? Overlength and Maximal Moraicity in Italy (by Hajek, John); 9. Stress Stability Under Cliticization and the Prosodic Status of Romance Clitics (by Loporcaro, Michele); 10. Phonological Dissimilation and Clitic Morphology in Italo-Romance (by Maiden, Martin); 11. Oxytone Infinitives in the Dialect of Pisa (by Marotta, Giovanna); 12. Sonority and Derived Clusters in Raeto-Romance and Gallo-Italic (by Montreuil, Jean-Pierre Y.); 13. Stress and Schwa in Faetar (by Nagy, Naomi); 14. Vowel Lengthening in Milanese (by Vives, Pilar Prieto i); 15. Uneven or Moraic Trochees? Evidence from Emilian and Romagnol Dialects (by Repetti, Lori); 16. Index of Names; 17. Index of Terms & Conceptsshow more