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<i>Binding Hierarchy</i> and peculiarities of the verb <i>potere</i> in some Southern Calabrian varieties&#42;

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Abstract

In Extreme Southern dialects of Italy, complement clauses can appear in three different ways: (1) with the infinitive; (2) with m&#335;do &#43; ind. (in Salentino quod &#43; ind.); (3) with <i>ca</i>/<i>chi</i> &#43; ind. Dependent finite clauses headed by m&#335;do/quod replace the infinitive particularly when the matrix predicate is a verb expressing will, wish, aim or intention. This replacement, which represents a syntactic calque from Italo-Greek varieties, finished to involve also the verb <i>potere</i> &#8216;can&#8217;, in a different way from Italo-Greek, where it is is the only verbal form which never appears in this construction. Aim of this paper is twofold: (1) showing the contexts where <i>potere</i> surfaces with a dependent clause; (2) trying to clarify why verbs expressing will or wish constitute the core of predicates which occur with m&#335;do/quod &#43; ind.

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