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Ling Fridays: Bigolin on Italian verb-particle constructions

November 4, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A morphosyntactic approach to Talmy’s typology. The case of Italian verb-particle constructions

Linguistics Fridays Colloquia talk

Alessandro Bigolin

PhD student, Universtat Autonoma de Barcelona


In person in 206 Van Hise Hall


In this talk I provide an overview of Talmy’s (2000) typology of motion and change events and I discuss the advantages of adopting a morphosyntactic approach to the typology, compared to semantic approaches. Afterward, I present a case study on a kind of Italian verb-particle constructions which prima facie seems to represent an exception to Talmy’s typological classification of Romance languages, as it displays manner verbs in predicates denoting events of goal of motion. I relate the possibility of licensing such constructions in a verb-framed environment to a peculiar feature of the particles involved.



November 4, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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206 Van Hise