Studi e Saggi Linguistici https://studiesaggilinguistici.it/ssl <p>Ever since it was founded in 1961 by Tristano Bolelli, Studi e Saggi Linguistici plays a major role in the linguistic debate in Italy, especially for those scholars working in the field of Indo-European Historical Linguistics and contemporary Theoretical Linguistics.</p> <p>Today, after 50 years of life, Studi e Saggi Linguistici has a firm position in this field, but it also gained a larger international profile, including well-known foreign scholars as members of its Scientific Committee, and fostering the publication of English-written papers.</p> <p>The Editors always aim at publishing original and innovative papers, whose quality and exactness are guaranteed by the prestigious Scientific Committee, and by the anonymous peer-review process.</p> <p>Although a certain preference is accorded to both historical and general Linguistics, in line with the tradition, the Journal welcomes scientific contributions concerning any linguistic field, with no preference or prejudice for particular methodological approaches and theoretical paradigms.</p> <p>In the last few years, the Journal published wide-ranging papers from typological linguistics to language acquisition, dealt with etymology and with exotic languages, discussed problems of lexicon, as well as of phonetics and neurolinguistics.</p> <p>Finally, the Journal has two sections, ‘Discussions’ and ‘Reviews’, which provide currently updated information about the most recent works on Linguistic topics that are published in Italy and Abroad.</p> <p> </p> <p>SSL is indexed in: <strong>Fascia A</strong> Anvur (Area 10); ERIH plus (European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences); L’Année Philologique; Linguistic Bibliography; MLA Database; <strong>Scopus</strong> (2016-)</p> <p> </p> Edizioni ETS en-US Studi e Saggi Linguistici 0085-6827 <h3>Articles and submissions processing charges (APC)</h3><p>This journal does not charge Article Processing Charges (APC) and Article Submission Charges (ASC).</p><h3>Deposit and Self-archiving policies</h3><p>– Authors are allowed to upload their papers <strong>immediately</strong> after publication on limited-access institutional repositories or archives. 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Frontiere e integrazioni https://studiesaggilinguistici.it/ssl/article/view/302 <p>Review of Diego Poli (2019, a cura di), <em>In limine. Frontiere e integrazioni</em>, Il Calamo, Roma, ISBN 9788898640379, pp. 1-809.</p> Lucia Tamponi Copyright (c) 2021 2021-03-18 2021-03-18 58 2 133 151 Philomen Probert (2019), Latin Grammarians on the Latin Accent. The Transformation of Greek Grammatical Thought https://studiesaggilinguistici.it/ssl/article/view/303 <p>Review of Philomen Probert (2019), <em>Latin Grammarians on the Latin Accent. The Transformation of Greek Grammatical Thought</em>, Oxford University Press, Oxford, ISBN 9780198841609, pp. 1-352.</p> Anna Zago Copyright (c) 2021 2021-03-18 2021-03-18 58 2 153 167 Reduplicated presents and pluractionality in Greek and Sanskrit https://studiesaggilinguistici.it/ssl/article/view/256 <p>In Indo-European languages the recessive category of reduplicated presents encompasses a variety of forms whose semantics is still a matter of intense debate. In this respect, scholars’ opinions are divided as to whether the original meaning of these formations was related to the iterative-intensive <em>Aktionsart</em>, or to the perfective aspect, but neither of the hypotheses seems to be fully supported by the preserved materials. Considering that the intertwining between lexical and verbal aspect is also one of the key points in the investigation of pluractionality, we will make reference to the features of this broad cross-linguistic category in order to clarify the functions of reduplicated presents in Homeric Greek and in Vedic Sanskrit. In particular, we will show how different pluractional meanings, all related to the basic notion of iterativity, emerge through the various contexts of use, and how the category of reduplicated formations can receive a unitary reading as expression of pluractionality.</p> Romano Lazzeroni Elisabetta Magni Copyright (c) 2021 Studi e Saggi Linguistici 2020-10-05 2020-10-05 58 2 9 32 Consul tertium or consul tertio? https://studiesaggilinguistici.it/ssl/article/view/271 <p>In a passage of his <em>Noctes Atticae</em>, Aulus Gellius discusses the matter of whether the adverbial form <em>tertium</em> or <em>tertio</em> should be used to refer to someone who was holding a magistracy “for the third time”. The debate is a consequence of a functional equivalence that is currently recognized by the Latin reference grammars: with the exception of <em>iterum</em> “for the second time”, the frequency adverbs indicating ordinal rank in a sequence are derived from the ordinal numbers, either in the accusative form (<em>tertium</em>,<em> quartum</em>, etc.) or in the ablative form (<em>tertio</em>,<em> quarto</em>, etc.). Following a sociolinguistic approach, the distribution of accusative-based and ablative-based forms is analyzed in both epigraphic and literary texts. This pattern of variation is seen as part of a more general and long-term process of linguistic change, i.e. case syncretism, whose system’s internal mechanisms are discussed in the light of diachronic typology, with particular reference to their multifactorial causes.</p> Francesco Rovai Copyright (c) 2021 Studi e Saggi Linguistici 2020-11-12 2020-11-12 58 2 10.4454/ssl.v58i2.271 Rhotic degemination in Rome Italian https://studiesaggilinguistici.it/ssl/article/view/263 In this paper we analyse if, and how, Roman speakers produce rhotics degemination in RI. 10 speakers from Rome participated to a sentence-reading task, with 70 sentences of equal length and controlled prosodic contour containing one token with a singleton and/or geminate /r/, in stressed and/or unstressed condition. 700 tokens were annotated following the protocol by Celata et al. (2016), classifying rhotics as either taps, trills, approximants or fricatives according to their spectrogram realization. For quantitative analysis, we relied on preceding vowel and consonant duration to test the consonant gemination (Argiolas 1995). Results show that geminated rhotics were longer than singleton rhotics, and the same hold true for preceding vowel duration. Qualitative analysis shows, instead, a more complex picture. Intervocalic geminate rhotics seem to allow a greater range of possibilities: they can be realized mainly as trills, but approximants, fricatives, taps, and combined realizations (trill or tap with a fricative appendix) are found too. However, a great within-speaker variation has also been observed. Rosalba Nodari Chiara Meluzzi Copyright (c) 2021 Studi e Saggi Linguistici 2020-11-12 2020-11-12 58 2 10.4454/ssl.v58i2.263 Syntactic diversity and language learnability https://studiesaggilinguistici.it/ssl/article/view/265 <p>We propose a preliminary model of a practical parameter setting procedure that aims<br />at bridging the gap between descriptive and explanatory adequacy. We present a list of<br />questions that can successfully set 94 binary parameters in 69 languages drawn from<br />several different families using positive evidence only. Our proposal can be cast within a<br />minimalist model of the language faculty, assuming an underspecified universal gram-<br />mar and a rich network of implications among parameters. We argue that the workload<br />of parameter setting can be significantly reduced by means of two assumptions: first<br />by positing that only parameters with a positive value are set; second, by showing that<br />parameters can be set exclusively on the basis of a core subset of positive evidence, which<br />we call the <em>Restricted List</em>. We suggest that a model with these properties qualifies as a<br />plausible framework for language acquisition studies, and also lends itself to be applied<br />to closed corpora, such as those available as the sole sources for diachronic studies.</p> Giuseppe Longobardi Paola Crisma Cristina Guardiano Copyright (c) 2020 Studi e Saggi Linguistici 2020-09-13 2020-09-13 58 2 10.4454/ssl.v58i2.265