Languages of Italy

Sep 7, 2010 by

Last week, we discussed languages of Spain and France. Today we will continue with Western Romance languages and the Western Romance dialect continuum and will discuss languages/dialects of Italy. As with France, in Italy too exists...

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On Null subjects and related phenomena

Aug 25, 2010 by

In the latest posting I stated that Universal Grammar is a catalog of significant differences between languages rather than being a “one-size-fits-all” grammar. These significant differences are formulated as parameters,...

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Heritage languages and the Melting Pot model

Jul 22, 2010 by

In yesterday’s posting, I introduced the topic of Heritage languages, that is languages spoken at home as part of one’s cultural and ethnic heritage. I also mentioned that Heritage languages as a whole are growing both in...

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The magic of /i/

Jul 1, 2010 by

At the end of the last posting, I mentioned that both the -o- spelling of /i/ in women and the -ti- spelling of /sh/ in revolution are a result of the special magic of /i/. It is time to look at those sound changes that can be...

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