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Microvariation in verbal and nominal agreement: An analysis of two Lombard Alpine dialects

Diego Pescarini 1
1 BCL, équipe Dialectologie et Linguistique formelle
BCL - Bases, Corpus, Langage (UMR 7320 - UCA / CNRS)
Abstract : In Bregagliotto and Mesolcinese, two Lombard Alpine dialects, feminine plural agreement/concord is marked by the formative-n, a reflex of the 3rd person plural verbal ending. In Bregagliotto, plural-n triggers mesoclisis of the feminine subject clitic in contexts of inversion, whereas in the noun phrase-n behaves as a second-position element marking plural feminine concord. Mesolcinese exhibits verbal gender agreement as the formative-n occurs on the inflected verb whenever a feminine plural subject or the object clitic occurs; in feminine plural DPs,-n is attached to any element except the definite article. I argue that the Bregagliotto system emerged when-n was reanalysed as an adjunct pluraliser, whereas in Mesolcinese-n has been turned into a marker of morphophonological concord/agreement.
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Diego Pescarini. Microvariation in verbal and nominal agreement: An analysis of two Lombard Alpine dialects. 2021. ⟨hal-03094907⟩

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