Axial Parts, Phi-Features and Degrammaticalization: the Case of Italian Presso/Pressi in Diachrony

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Abstract

In this paper, I will provide a possible syntactic characterization of (a subset) of so-called degrammaticalization processes, based on the case of the diachronic evolution of presso/pressi (near/at, in) in Italian. Moreover, with an empirical study on the Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI) corpus, I will support Svenonius's idea of Axial Part as an independent category in the lexicon (and not a mere spatial subset of relational nouns), providing a new kind of evidence i.e. of the diachronic type, to this claim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-170
Number of pages22
JournalTransactions of the Philological society
Volume114
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Axial Parts
  • Italian
  • Lexicon case
  • Syntax
  • Morphology

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