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Balsemin, Tommaso (2018) Vowel Length in Northern Italian Dialects. A Government Phonology Account. [Ph.D. thesis]

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In this thesis I will outline and discuss vowel length related phenomena, giving first a comprehensive picture of interlinguistic variation (and therefore of the empirical data) with particular attention on northern-Italian dialects and with a focus on Friulian. Then I will present a theoretical account of these phenomena based on the formalization of Government Phonology (in its GP 2.0 version).
In the first macro-section length-related phenomena will be presented, focusing on northern-Italian varieties. To account for these phenomena, Loporcaro (2015), Vowel Length from Latin to Romance will be discussed in detail. Loporcaro’s interpretation of northern-Italian length-phenomena is, in the most basic terms, to think of them as a long derivation from Latin contrasts based on vowel quantity. My interpretation of these data, on the other hand, is to see these phenomena as an independent and later process with respect to Latin vowel quantity contrasts (following Vanelli 2005). Furthermore, in my interpretation, vowel length phenomena are strictly interconnected with another process that interests northern-Italian varieties, namely final obstruent devoicing.
In the second part of the thesis a Government Phonology account will be given. I will discuss in particular the possibility (argued in Pöchtrager 2006 and Kaye / Pöchtrager 2013) that some elements (viz. |ʔ| and |H|) are not really melodic in kind, but rather structural. This formalization allows, as it will be shown, for a non-arbitrary account of vowel length phenomena and their relation with final obstruent devoicing.

Abstract (a different language)

In questa tesi presento una descrizione dei pattern di lunghezza vocalica nelle varietà italiane settentrionali. Dopo aver fornito un account diacronico e sincronico per rendere conto di tali fenomeni, confrontando le principali posizioni degli studiosi sull'argomento, analizzo in dettaglio il caso del Friulano. In seguito viene fornita una formalizzazione dei dati friulani con la teoria fonologica GP 2.0 che permette di rendere conto in maniera non arbitrari dei fatti di lunghezza riscontrati in friulano.

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EPrint type:Ph.D. thesis
Tutor:Vanelli, Laura
Ph.D. course:Ciclo 30 > Corsi 30 > SCIENZE LINGUISTICHE, FILOLOGICHE E LETTERARIE
Data di deposito della tesi:05 July 2018
Anno di Pubblicazione:05 July 2018
Key Words:Northern Italo-Romance Varieties, Vowel Length, Government Phonology
Settori scientifico-disciplinari MIUR:Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-LIN/01 Glottologia e linguistica
Struttura di riferimento:Dipartimenti > Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
Codice ID:11273
Depositato il:08 Nov 2019 12:55
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