During the first part of this project, I reassessed the role played by the low periphery in the wh-questions of Romance. This work, started at the University of Geneva during my PhD (check out my dissertation here!), was published as follows:
- Bonan, Caterina. 2021. Romance Interrogative Syntax. Formal and typological dimensions of variation. Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 266. John Benjamins Publishing Company. https://doi.org/10.1075/la.266.
An early version of this work, called Romance Interrogative Syntax and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License is provided below (attention, this is a file that has neither been peer-reviewed nor edited!):
- Bonan, Caterina. 2021. ‘From northern Italian to Asian wh-in situ: A theory of low focus movement’. Isogloss: Open Journal of Romance linguistics 7. https://doi.org/10.5565/rev/isogloss.108.
- Bonan, Caterina. 2021. ‘The periphery of vP in the theory of wh-in situ’. Glossa: A journal of general linguistics 6 (1). https://doi.org/10.16995/glossa.5714. (Also available on LingBuzz: https://lingbuzz.net/lingbuzz/006111).
These pieces of research were meant to reassess the role played by the low left periphery, i.e. the periphery of vP, in the derivation of answer-seeking wh-questions, and in shifted and in-situ nominal focalisations. This work was needed to set the basis of my work on Romance it-clefts and their role/place in the general theory of focus.
Linked to these is also an article that I wrote with Ur Shlonsky:
- Bonan, Caterina and Shlonsky, Ur. 2021. “On ‘why’ in situ in Northern Italian dialects: Evidence from Trevisan”. In Gabriela Soare (ed.), Why is ‘Why’ Unique?: Its Syntactic and Semantic Properties. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. 41-62. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110675160-003
The first submitted version of this paper can be read below (attention, this is a pre-print, i.e., a non-peer-reviewed version):
More recently, I proposed a new understanding of the way focus projections are merged in the functional spine cross-linguistically, and suggested we start considering these as a ‘focus field’, not simply as projections:
- Bonan, Caterina. 2021. A primitive mapping of the criterial field of focus. Caderno de Squibs: Temas em estudos formais da linguagem 7 (1). 102-122. https://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/cs/article/view/40559
The mapping of the criterial field of focus was performed to set the empirical and theoretical bases of my discussion of clefts. This has so far been presented in two research articles that are currently under evaluation:
- Bonan, Caterina, 2022. ‘It-clefts and the low periphery: The view from Italo Romance.’ Intended for publication in Modern Languages Open. (draft available on LingBuzz)
- Bonan, Caterina, 2022. ‘On the distribution and availability of clefts: The case of Regional Italian.’ Accepted for publication in C. Bonan & A. Ledgeway (eds.), Last empirical and theoretical advances on it-clefts. Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs. De Gruyter Mouton. ISBN: 978-3-11-073860-5. (draft available on LingBuzz)
On top of this, I have produced a research article which proposes an innovative framework for the study of questions in the Romance languages. This too is currently under evaluation:
- Bonan, Caterina, 2022. ‘A framework for the study of Romance wh-questions.’ Invited contribution, to appear as the Introduction to a volume on wh-questions. (draft available on LingBuzz)
I will publish more details on the papers above when these are out.
I have presented this part of the project at a number of venues, if you’re interested to see the list of presentations, and maybe watch those who are available on YouTube, please head to my personal website. For now, you can check out a presentation on clefts that I gave at Zoom na Cartografia on 26.08.2021:
My collaboration with Prof. Adam Ledgeway on cleft structures has so far resulted in the following works:
- Bonan, Caterina & Adam Ledgeway (eds.) [in prep.] Last empirical and theoretical advances on it-clefts. Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs. De Gruyter Mouton. ISBN: 978-3-11-073860-5. (under contract)
- Bonan, Caterina & Adam Ledgeway [in prep.] It-clefts: The state-of-the-art. To appear in C. Bonan & A. Ledgeway (eds.), Last empirical and theoretical advances on it-clefts. Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs. De Gruyter Mouton. ISBN: 978-3-11-073860-5.
Another article of mine, ‘On focal and wh-projections, indirect wh-questions, and quantificational chains’, was published in Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2017: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 31, Buc
The ‘author accepted manuscript’ version, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, can be read below: