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Impersonal "si" Constructions: Agreement and Interpretation by Roberta D'Alessandro

By Roberta D'Alessandro

This ebook is a examine monograph on impersonal si structures (ISC) in Italian in the Minimalist application framework. The ebook bargains a brand new perspective on ISCs, supplying a brand new set of the most important information that have been formerly unknown, and declaring many features of ISCs that have been missed prior to. It ends up in the advent of extra technique of syntactic research on the facet among slender syntax and pragmatics.

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This semantic difference does not correlate, however, with the voice of the two sentences, nor does it correlate with the argumental/nonargumental status of si. e. they convey different Aktionsarten. Before turning to consider the inner aspectual specification of the two transitive ISCs, it is worth considering another very relevant contribution to the analysis of ISCs: That of Dobrovie-Sorin (1998, 1999). DobrovieSorin points out that it is not necessary to postulate a difference in the the argumental status of impersonal si.

Now, if an element ‘surfaces’ with a certain value, then the attribute must be present on that element, or the value would not be visible (morphologically). Let us consider again a verb like mangiare (eat). The form mangio (I eat) is morphologically marked as a 1st person form, which emerges from the comparison of this form with the forms mangi (you eat-2nd person), or mangia (he eats-3rd person). In other words, a value is visible morphologically when other values of the same kind that contrast with it are visible.

Intuitively, one can sense that there is some kind of difference in the semantics of the two clauses. This semantic difference does not correlate, however, with the voice of the two sentences, nor does it correlate with the argumental/nonargumental status of si. e. they convey different Aktionsarten. Before turning to consider the inner aspectual specification of the two transitive ISCs, it is worth considering another very relevant contribution to the analysis of ISCs: That of Dobrovie-Sorin (1998, 1999).

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