Semantic and Syntactic Properties of the Prepositional Accusative in Barese
AbstractThis article explores the semantic and syntactic properties of the prepositional accusative in the dialect of Bari. Through a comparison with the semantic and syntactic features identified by Torrego (1998) for the Spanish prepositional accusative, we show that Barese a-marked Direct Objects must be specified for [±human] and [±specific] for the prepositional accusative to be licensed. Its structural position is then tested with respect to the position of verb and adverbs, following the comparative analysis of Romance by Ledgeway & Lombardi (2005). These tests reveal that the Barese prepositional accusative occupies a v-VP-internal position, and that “specificity” is chiefly responsible for the a-marking on the Direct Object as a consequence of its raising to the external specifier of vP.
How to Cite
Andriani, L. (2016). Semantic and Syntactic Properties of the Prepositional Accusative in Barese. Linguistica Atlantica, 34(2). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/la/article/view/24597