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      Differential Object Marking and the properties of D in the dialects of the extreme south of Italy

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          This paper discusses two case studies of microvariation in accusative marking in the Italo-Romance varieties of the extreme south of Italy. In particular, the diatopic variation displayed by the dialects of southern Calabria gives rise to peculiar patterns of alternation between presence or absence of the marker a ‘to’ in flagging the accusative. The realisation of accusative case is partially governed by semantic and referential features, i.e. specificity and animacy. In addition, the nature of the realisation of the D head results in a degree of competition between zero marking and analytic accusative marking with a. Given the century-long co-existence of Latin/Romance and Greek in southern Calabria, the relevant morphosyntactic patterns in Case-marking will also be examined from a language contact perspective. We will highlight how the relevant outcomes do not simply involve borrowing mechanisms or template copying from the lending variety but, rather, produce hybrid structures no longer ascribable to a purely Romance or Greek grammar.

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                Journal
                2397-1835
                Glossa: a journal of general linguistics
                Ubiquity Press
                2397-1835
                17 May 2019
                2019
                : 4
                : 1
                : 51
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Cambridge, Department of Italian, GB
                Author information
                http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4448-7709
                Article
                10.5334/gjgl.569
                e2c421a8-0a94-493c-aa31-9ba797922d2d
                Copyright: © 2019 The Author(s)

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC-BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. See http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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                : 18 November 2017
                : 04 February 2019
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                General linguistics,Linguistics & Semiotics
                language contact,Case,Italo-Greek,Italo-Romance,DP,DOM
                General linguistics, Linguistics & Semiotics
                language contact, Case, Italo-Greek, Italo-Romance, DP, DOM

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