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Guglielmo Cinque is without doubt one of the world's best theoretical syntacticians, and is especially identified for his program of modern conception to the research of Italian. This quantity brings jointly 11 of his essays, a few released right here for the 1st time and others no longer hitherto simply to be had. Cinque explores quite a lot of features of Italian syntax, and compares Italian with the syntax of different Romance, and likewise Germanic, languages. This quantity should be welcomed through all these engaged on Italian syntax, and on theoretical syntax extra quite often.

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Il desiderio di te the desire of you c. il tuo desiderio your desire d. il mio desiderio di te my desire of you Much of what we say about (29) has already been anticipated above. In (29a) Giorgio is understood as the "subject" of partenza much in the same way as Giorgio, in the sentence (31) (31) Giorgio parte (da Roma per l'Egitto) G. leaves (from Rome to Egypt) is understood as the "subject" of the related V partire. In (29b) it is the NP concealed under the possessive adjective that corresponds to the subject of the related V.

Since [di NP] PPs happen to introduce both the syntactic subject and the syntactic object of a N, we are led to expect, by the hypothesis, that only those [di NP] PPs that qualify as the syntactic subject, not those that qualify as the syntactic object, will be extractable. We have seen, for class I Ns, that the only [di NP] PP possible with that class is the syntactic subject of the N. Thus extraction should be possible, and indeed is, systematically. See: (42) (43) a. , of whom has been announced the departure b.

Il tuo desiderio your desire d. il mio desiderio di te my desire of you Much of what we say about (29) has already been anticipated above. In (29a) Giorgio is understood as the "subject" of partenza much in the same way as Giorgio, in the sentence (31) (31) Giorgio parte (da Roma per l'Egitto) G. leaves (from Rome to Egypt) is understood as the "subject" of the related V partire. In (29b) it is the NP concealed under the possessive adjective that corresponds to the subject of the related V. 26 Possessive adjectives and [di NP] PPs are in (quasi-) 26 This case is represented by a literary (or very formal) fully productive nominalization process, roughly corresponding to the English his refusing the offer construction, in which possessive adjectives may appear but there is no [di NP] PP alternative with a lexical NP.

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