Vol. 5 (2019)

Microvariation and Microparameters. Some Quantitative Remarks

Diego Pescarini
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI
Published August 29, 2019
  • clitics,
  • gaps,
  • syncretism,
  • dialects,
  • microvariation
How to Cite
Pescarini, D. (2019). Microvariation and Microparameters. Some Quantitative Remarks. Quaderni Di Linguistica E Studi Orientali, 5, 255-277. https://doi.org/10.13128/QULSO-2421-7220-25968


This paper deals with the distribution of subject clitics in northern Italian dialects. Building on quantitative data, I argue that the observed microvariation cannot derive (only) from external linguistic factors such as contact, areal diffusion, sociolinguistic dynamics, etc. Rather, a principled feature-based analysis is needed in order to account for certain patterns of defectivity and syncretism that, although typologically rare, occur systematically in northern dialects.


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