In this paper we discuss novel data from two Dolomitic Ladin languages spoken in Northern Italy, Badiotto and Gardenese, and show that in these V2 languages subject-finite verb inversion is constrained by the syntactic (adverb or object) and discourse (given or focussed) nature of the sentence-initial constituent, and by the discourse status of the DP subject. We demonstrate that in both varieties subjects in inversion either appear in a FocusP of the vP periphery (Belletti 2004, Poletto 2010) or in an A position in TP, and that the observed distribution of inversion follows from two universal constraints of movement: a) cyclicity (extraction through the edge of the vP phase, Chomsky 2001) and b) locality/RM (Rizzi 1990, 2004). By comparing the distribution of DP subjects in Ladin with that observed in other V2 languages, such as Mòcheno and Mainland Scandinavian, we propose a novel typology of V2 languages and of subject-finite verb inversion to be captured in terms of parametric variation (see Biberauer & Roberts 2012, Biberauer, Holmberg, Roberts & Sheehan 2014 and Biberauer & Roberts 2016, Biberauer 2018).

Parameterizing subject-verb inversion across Verb Second languages. On the role of Relativized Minimality at the vP edge.

Casalicchio Jan;Cognola Federica
2020-01-01

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In this paper we discuss novel data from two Dolomitic Ladin languages spoken in Northern Italy, Badiotto and Gardenese, and show that in these V2 languages subject-finite verb inversion is constrained by the syntactic (adverb or object) and discourse (given or focussed) nature of the sentence-initial constituent, and by the discourse status of the DP subject. We demonstrate that in both varieties subjects in inversion either appear in a FocusP of the vP periphery (Belletti 2004, Poletto 2010) or in an A position in TP, and that the observed distribution of inversion follows from two universal constraints of movement: a) cyclicity (extraction through the edge of the vP phase, Chomsky 2001) and b) locality/RM (Rizzi 1990, 2004). By comparing the distribution of DP subjects in Ladin with that observed in other V2 languages, such as Mòcheno and Mainland Scandinavian, we propose a novel typology of V2 languages and of subject-finite verb inversion to be captured in terms of parametric variation (see Biberauer & Roberts 2012, Biberauer, Holmberg, Roberts & Sheehan 2014 and Biberauer & Roberts 2016, Biberauer 2018).
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