Bilingual competence, complementizer selection and mood in Cimbrian

Bidese, Ermenegildo and Padovan, Andrea and Tomaselli, Alessandra (2013) Bilingual competence, complementizer selection and mood in Cimbrian. In «Linguistische Berichte - Sonderheft (special issue)», n. 19 Hamburg : Helmut Buske Verlag, pp. 47-58. ISBN 978-3-87548-675-9

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    The system of Cimbrian embedded declarative clauses unfolds a puzzle w.r.t. the correlation between mood and complementizer selection. As a matter of fact, two different complementizers, i.e. az and ke, can select subjunctive or indicative in predictable contexts: az co-occurs with subjunctive in modal sentences whereas ke introduces indicative in purely declarative clauses, thus a perfectly binary pattern emerges. However, the data we collected in translation tasks from Italian into Cimbrian show the exist-ence of an unexpected symmetry-breaking structure, namely ke + subjunctive. The scenario is even more complex, though, since another unexpected pattern shows up which concerns the 1st person plural. In this very specific context only one complementizer is possible. The aim of our contribution is twofold: (i) accounting for the nature of the two Cimbrian complementizer az and ke and mood selection; (ii) explaining to what extent the two aforementioned unexpected phenomena are connected with contact-induced grammatical change.

    Item Type: Article in journal
    Department or Research center: Humanities
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics (General) > P0121 Linguistics
    P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
    P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
    P Language and Literature > PF West Germanic > PF3001 German
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Cimbrian;Syntax;Mood Selection;Complementizer; contact-induced language change;Language Contact;Grammatical Change; Germanic;Romance;Theoretical Syntax; Contact Linguistics;
    Repository staff approval on: 08 Jan 2015 10:02

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