Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale
52 | 2018

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale | 52 | 2018

An Evaluative Head in Romance
The Palermitan Verbal Affix -vu

Alessandra Giorgi
ORCID 0000-0002-6382-7510 
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
giorgi@unive.it

Fabrizio Sorrisi
Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia
fabripalermo@yahoo.it

DOI 10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/003

Submitted 05 Aug 2018
Accepted 13 Aug 2018

Abstract

In this work, we analyse the behaviour of a verbal suffix in Palermitan – the Romance language spoken in Palermo, Sicily – expressing an evaluative meaning with sentential scope. The suffix is (V)vu, where V is the thematic vowel of the verb. The Palermitan dialect we study here is the one spoken in the urban area, approximately by 250,000 speakers. This suffix is interesting for several reasons. In the first place, an evaluative morpheme with clausal scope is quite unusual in Romance and to our knowledge it has not been reported outside Sicily. In the second place, as we will illustrate later, its use is spreading among the youngest generation, showing that the dialect is productive and the form under scrutiny is adopted by larger segments of the population, even if it does not exist in Italian.

Keywords
Speaker. Evaluatives. Verbal morphosyntax. Palermitan. Italian dialects.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License 

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Giorgi Alessandra

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Sorrisi Fabrizio

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An Evaluative Head in Romance

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Journal Article

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en

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http://doi.org/10.14277/AnnOc/2499-1562/2018/01/003

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In this work, we analyse the behaviour of a verbal suffix in Palermitan – the Romance language spoken in Palermo, Sicily – expressing an evaluative meaning with sentential scope. The suffix is (V)vu, where V is the thematic vowel of the verb. The Palermitan dialect we study here is the one spoken in the urban area, approximately by 250,000 speakers. This suffix is interesting for several reasons. In the first place, an evaluative morpheme with clausal scope is quite unusual in Romance and to our knowledge it has not been reported outside Sicily. In the second place, as we will illustrate later, its use is spreading among the youngest generation, showing that the dialect is productive and the form under scrutiny is adopted by larger segments of the population, even if it does not exist in Italian.

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Annali di Ca’ Foscari. Serie occidentale

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Vol. 52 | Num. 1 | Settembre 2018

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Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Digital Publishing

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2018-09-28

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2018-08-05

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2018-08-13

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2499-2232

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2499-1562

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Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution alone

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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Speaker

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Evaluatives

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Verbal morphosyntax

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Palermitan

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Italian dialects

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