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Current research project

Title / Titel The Zurich database of agreement in Italo-Romance
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The project aims at setting up a database illustrating agreement phenomena in 6 selected Italo-Romance dialects. This will close a research gap: in fact, on the one hand, the study of agreement in general linguistics and linguistic typology has been swiftly progressing over the past few years and has been the object of several important projects (cf. §§2.1.1-2.1.2); on the other hand, Italo-Romance dialect varieties display a wealth of interesting phenomena in this area, some of which are unparalleled across Romance, or even within the whole Indo-European language family. However, this treasure of structural diversity has hardly been exploited in typological studies on agreement and thus could not find its way into the international scientific debate, mainly because of the unavailability of the primary data to the international scientific community in the form of an accessible database. This is the gap the present project is designed to fill by developing an online database that will consist of the collection of data gathered from the selected varieties through different elicitation tasks (cf. §2.3.1) and their annotation via the tool described in §2.3.4. Finally, it must be highlighted that the University of Zurich, through the competence and facilities gathered at its Romance and Comparative Linguistics Seminars as well as the research network described in in §, provides an ideal setting to carry out the project, thus further enhancing the UZH’s internationally prominent role in empirical linguistic research on the Romance languages and beyond.
Publications / Publikationen Loporcaro, M (2005). Typological remarks on Sardinian: 1. Vowel harmony 2. Sardinian in a correlative typology of the Romance languages. Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung, 58(2-3):210-227.

Loporcaro, M (2006). Contatto e mutamento linguistico in Sardegna settentrionale: il caso di Luras. Revue de Linguistique Romane, 70:321-349.

Loporcaro, M (2010). The logic of Romance past participle agreement. In: D'Alessandro, R; Ledgeway, A; Roberts, I. Syntactic Variation. The Dialects of Italy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 225-243.

Loporcaro, M (2010). Variation and change in morphology and syntax. Romance object agreement. In: Rainer, F; Dressler, U; Kastovsky, D; Luschützky, C. Variation and change in morphology. Selected papers from the 13th International Morphology Meeting. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins , 149-175.

Loporcaro, M (2011). Syncretism and neutralization in the marking of romance object agreement. In: Maiden, M; Smith, J C; Goldbach, M; Hinzelin, M O. Morphological Autonomy. Perspectives from Romance Inflectional Morphology. Oxford, 327-357. ISBN 978-0-19-958998-2.

Loporcaro, M (2012). A new strategy for progressive marking and its implications for grammaticalization theory: the subject clitic construction of Pantiscu. Studies in Language, 36(4):747-784.

Loporcaro, M (2012). Contact-induced change in personal pronouns: some Romance examples. In: Vanhove, M; Stolz, T; Urzde, A; Otsuka, H. Morphologies in Contact. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 207-225.

Loporcaro, M (2013). Profilo linguistico dei dialetti italiani. Bari: Laterza.

Loporcaro, M; D'Ancona, A R; Fatini, P (2010). Clitici soggetto nel dialetto di Pantelleria. Vox Romanica, 69:75-110.

Loporcaro, Michele; Faraoni, Vincenzo; Gardani, Francesco (2014). The third gender of Old Italian. Diachronica, 31(1):1-22.

Loporcaro, M; Paciaroni, T (2011). Four-gender systems in Indo-European. Folia Linguistica, 45(2):389-433.

Loporcaro, M; Silvestri, G (2011). Vocalismo finale atono e morfosintassi dell’accordo participiale in due varietà generazionali del dialetto di Verbicaro (provincia di Cosenza). Revue de Linguistique Romane, 75(297/298):325-356.

Loporcaro, M; Vigolo, M T (2003). Accordo per genere del verbo finito in italo-romanzo: l’arco alpino orientale. L'Italia dialettale, 63/64:7-32.

Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Michele Loporcaro (Project Leader)
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Personen- und Projektförderung)
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Dr. Tania Paciaroni, Zürich Switzerland
Dr. Diego Pescarini, Zürich Switzerland
Dr. Taras Zakharko, Zürich Switzerland
MA Stefano Negrinelli, Zürich Switzerland
MA Serena Romagnoli, Zürich Switzerland
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Oct 2015 to Oct 2018