ERIC Number: ED308714
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Italian Onset Structure and the Distribution of "il" and "lo".
A distribution of the Italian definite articles "il" and "lo" is proposed that makes use of both Steriade's syllabification rules and a language-specific sonority hierarchy. The incorporation of these rules results in the generalization that the definite article "il" occurs before nouns or adjectives that begin with a consonant that is a member of the syllable onset while "lo" occurs before words that begin with an element that is not part of the syllable onset. This account of the distribution of the Italian definite articles "lo" and "il" is contrasted with the method developed by Radzinski (1987), and shortcomings in Radzinski's findings are identified. (DJD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD. Center for Population Research.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Note: In: Proceedings of the Annual Eastern States Conference on Linguistics (3rd, Pittsburgh, PA, October 10-11, 1986). The complete Proceedings are available from the Dept. of Linguistics, Ohio State University, Columbus.