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Agreement across the board: Topic agreement in Ripano

Roberta D'Alessandro


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    <subfield code="a">&lt;p&gt;Ripano, an Italo-Romance variety spoken in Ripatransone in central Italy, exhibits a&lt;br&gt;
number of phenomena that are quite rare among the Romance languages. It shows&lt;br&gt;
dedicated gender marking on the finite verb, unlike any other Romance language.&lt;br&gt;
The same variety also exhibits adverbial and prepositional agreement. Furthermore,&lt;br&gt;
whenever a topic is present in the clause it triggers agreement: finite verbs, non-&lt;br&gt;
finite verbs (participles and gerunds), adverbs, and prepositions all show agreement&lt;br&gt;
with the topic.&lt;br&gt;
Topic-driven agreement, I argue, is the result of two co-occurring factors: 1. the&lt;br&gt;
presence of an extra item, a &amp;phi;-probe, in the lexical inventory of the language; 2. A&lt;br&gt;
special setup of this probe, which requires agreement with the topic. I also present&lt;br&gt;
some cross-linguistic evidence for this analysis.&lt;/p&gt;</subfield>
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