Cecilia Poletto

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Of the 24 mathematically possible orders of the four elements demonstrative, numeral, adjective, and noun, only 14 appear to be attested in the languages of the world. Some of these are unexpected under Greenberg’s Universal 20. Here it is proposed that the actually attested orders, and none of the unattested ones, are derivable from a single, universal,(More)
A high-voltage stimulator has been designed to allow transcutaneous stimulation of tactile fibers of the fingertip. The stimulator's output stage was based upon an improved Howland current pump topology, modified to allow high load impedances and small currents. The compliance voltage of approximately 800 V is achieved using commercially available(More)
Main clause wh-questions without V2 is geographically speaking a very widespread phenomenon in Norwegian, absent only in central eastern and southeastern Norwegian dialects. The characteristics of the phenomenon is nevertheless not uniform across the dialects—three descriptive variables can be discerned: (i) whether or not V2 is required, (ii) whether or(More)
  • Cecilia Poletto, Øystein Alexander Vangsnes, +18 authors Piera Rizzolatti
  • 2006
In this article we intend to illustrate how the ASIS (Atlante Sintattico dell’Italia Settentrionale "Syntactic Atlas of Northern Italy") project has been created and developed. We discuss the theoretical, empirical and practical problems that we encountered working on such an enterprise, and the choices we made in order to solve them. We have created a(More)
In this work we examine the diachronic development of two types of negative markers showing that their semantic evolution is similar, as they have both undergone a stage when they become monotone decreasing quantifiers. However, their position is different: the first type, called minimizers, are part of a complex DP, while the second is a bare quantifier.(More)
In this paper, we discuss the requirements that a long lasting linguistic database should have in order to meet the needs of the linguists together with the aim of durability and sharing of data. In particular, we discuss the generalizability of the Syntactic Atlas of Italy (ASIt), a linguistic project that builds on a long standing tradition of collecting(More)
In this work we examine the diachronic development of two types of negative markers showing that their semantic evolution is similar, as they have both undergone a stage when they become monotone decreasing quantifiers. However, their position is different: the first type, called minimizers, are part of a complex DP, while the second is a bare quantifier.(More)
In this paper, we present an overview of some issues related to the use of Big Data in the area of Linguistics that have been debated in workshops and conferences in the last two years. We also consider some requirements that “big” linguistic databases should have in order to tackle some of these issues; finally, we discuss a set of possible interactive(More)
In this work we examine the position of separable prefixes in Cimbrian, a German dialect spoken in Northern Italy, which has the interesting property of having a productive set of separable verbs but also of being a VO language. The peculiarity of Cimbrian is that apparently separable prefixes change their position with respect to a) sentence type b) main(More)