<i>Binding Hierarchy</i> and peculiarities of the verb <i>potere</i> in some Southern Calabrian varieties*
In Extreme Southern dialects of Italy, complement clauses can appear in three different ways: (1) with the infinitive; (2) with mŏdo + ind. (in Salentino quod + ind.); (3) with <i>ca</i>/<i>chi</i> + ind. Dependent finite clauses headed by mŏdo/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> ‘can’, 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 mŏdo/quod + ind.