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Microcontact. Language variation and change from the Italian heritage perspective.

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
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 Total cost 1˙996˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙996˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 1˙996˙250.00


 Project objective

This project aims to add an important block to syntactic theory, by developing new theoretical tools to account for microvariation and change. The central idea is that change and microvariation are necessary parts of grammar, and that they are in fact constrained by Universal Grammar (Chomsky 1957 ff.); in order to understand them we need not focus on the starting point and endpoint of change only, but also on the process itself. Observing change in progress can offer insights into its causes and the mechanisms underlying it. We aim at getting snapshots of change in progress by examining endogenous, diachronic change and change in contact for a number of genetically and typologically related varieties.

Between the end of the 19th c. and the 1920s, many Italians migrated to the Americas. After World War II, a third wave of migration took place: around 400.000 people left Italy between 1950-1960. Interestingly, most of these Italians did not speak Italian as their native language: they all spoke some “dialect”. With this term we traditionally refer to those Romance languages spoken in Italy that evolved from Latin, and are sister languages to standard Italian. When these immigrants moved across the Atlantic, their languages entered in contact with other Romance varieties, like Argentinian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, or Québécois French, as well as with English.

The languages spoken by these 1st generation immigrants, who are now very old, are extremely important, as they potentially give a unique window into the mechanisms of language change in general, and of syntactic change in particular.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Silvia Terenghi
Demonstrative-reinforcer constructions and the syntactic role of deictic features
published pages: 192-207, ISSN: 0929-7332, DOI: 10.1075/avt.00032.ter
Linguistics in the Netherlands 36 2020-01-28
2019 Evelina Leivada, Roberta D’Alessandro, Kleanthes K. Grohmann
Eliciting Big Data From Small, Young, or Non-standard Languages: 10 Experimental Challenges
published pages: 1-14, ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00313
Frontiers in Psychology 10 2020-01-28
2019 D\'Alessandro, Roberta
Syntax made easy. How to read (and draw) syntactic trees
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Roberta D\'Alessandro, Luana Sorgini
Mə tε magnatə. Perifrasi modali in abruzzese orientale
published pages: , ISSN: 0577-277X, DOI:
Bollettino del Centro di studi filologici e linguistici siciliani 2019 2019-10-03
2018 Muysken, P. , D\'Alessandro, R.A.G. , Buyse, A.C. , Zurcher, EriK-Jan , Jensma, Goffe , Maassen van den Brink, H. , Leerssen, J. , de Swart, H.E
Talen voor Nederland
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KNAW advies 2019-09-02
2017 Roland Bauer, Jan Casalicchio
Morphologie und Syntax im Projekt ALD-DM
published pages: 81-108, ISSN: , DOI:
Ladinia 41 VII Colloquium Retoromanistich 2019-06-18
2017 Roberta D\'Alessandro
Academic Freedom: Challenges, Threats, Emerging Issues
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Akademie im Dialog 9 2019-06-18
2017 Roberta D\'Alessandro
When you have too many features: Auxiliaries, agreement and clitics in Italian varieties
published pages: 50, ISSN: 2397-1835, DOI: 10.5334/gjgl.102
Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 2/1 2019-06-18
2017 Roberta D’Alessandro, Marc van Oostendorp
On the Diversity of Linguistic Data and the Integration of the Language Sciences
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-1078, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02002
Frontiers in Psychology 8 2019-06-18
2017 Roberta D\'Alessandro
Come si mescolano le lingue? Gli effetti del contatto linguistico.
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Tutto ciò che hai sempre voluto sapere sul linguaggio e sulle lingue 2019-06-18
2018 Francesco Maria Ciconte
Soggetto e oggetto nell’italo-romanzo antico
published pages: 97-135, ISSN: 0085-6827, DOI:
Studi e Saggi Linguistici LVI (1) 2019-06-18
2017 Roberta D\'Alessandro, Laura Migliori
Sui possessivi (enclitici) nelle varietà italo-romanze meridionali non estreme
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Di tutti i colori. Studi linguistici per Maria Grossmann 2019-06-18
2019 Jan Casalicchio, Federica Cognola
Parametrising subject-finite verb inversion across V2 languages. On the role of Relativised Minimality at the vP edge
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Rethinking Verb Second 2019-06-18

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