Published August 5, 2020 | Version v1
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From macro to nano: A parametric hierarchy approach to the diatopic and diachronic variation of Italian \textit ben

  • 1. University of Birmingham
  • 2. La Sapienza University, Rome


In this squib we discuss the morpho-syntactic requirements affecting the distribution of the Italian discourse particle ben (lit. ‘well’) as employed in a selection of regional varieties of the language. We present a preliminary comparison with its attestations in earlier stages of the language and we show how the attested diatopic and diachronic variation may be modelled in terms of a parameter hierarchy of the type developed by the ReCoS team.



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