Chapter Postverbal subjects and nuclear pitch accent in Italian wh-questions
Petrosino, Roberto (editor)
Cerrone, Pietro (editor)
van der Hulst, Harry (editor)
CollectionEuropean Research Council (ERC)
The structure of this chapter is as follows. We first illustrate the phenomenon of subject inversion in Italian wh-questions (§ 2). In Section 3, we present the results of a syntactic experiment on the distribution of subjects in the embed-ded clause of wh-questions. Our analysis is presented in Section 4, where we directly relate the syntactic and prosodic peculiarities of Italian wh-questions to the successive cyclic nature and to the intermediate positions of wh-movement. We show that while subject inversion is a phenomenon that involves the edge of the C-phrase, the assignment of NPA additionally involves the vP-edge. We then attempt to capture the observed patterns and to provide further support to our analysis by comparing direct and indirect wh-questions with respect to both subject inversion and their prosodic properties (§ 5). A summary and some final remarks close the chapter.
KeywordsPhonology; Morpho-phonology; Morpho-syntax; Italian Dialectology
Publication date and placeBerlin/Boston, 2018