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Syntactic doubling and variation: The case of Romani

Abstract : This paper analyses a case of syntactic doubling in Romani: the full doubling of the definite article in NPs including an adjective. This structure (dnda) is similar to the Greek polydefiniteness and displays the same grammatical optionality. A task was designed to trigger its use and submitted to Albanian Romani native speakers. The results show that an evolution in the nominal constituent order has taken place in contrastive contexts, whereby the community is still split into subgroups experiencing different patterns of language change. This doubling (dnda) has been used as a kind of bridge from the canonical word order (dan) to a new one (dna). Social factors show that this process has been favoured by contact with Albanian and/or Greek.
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Aurore Tirard. Syntactic doubling and variation: The case of Romani. The 8th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, Université de Leipzig, May 2015, Leipzig, France. pp.141-156, ⟨10.1075/silv.19.09tir⟩. ⟨hal-03205730⟩

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