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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre


My research interests include the comparative history and morphosyntax of the Romance languages, Italian dialectology, Latin, Italo-Greek, syntactic theory, and linguistic change. My research is channelled towards bringing together traditional Romance philological scholarship with the insights of recent generative syntactic theory, and I have worked and published extensively on such topics as complementation, complementizer systems, auxiliary selection and split intransitivity, word order, configurationality, alignments, cliticization, clause structure, functional categories, verb movement, adjectival positions, agreement, negation, subjects, causatives, voice distinctions, finiteness, imperatives, the development of demonstrative and deictic systems, grammaticalisation, parameters, and language contact.



Key publications: 

Ledgeway, A. (2000). A comparative syntax of the dialects of southern Italy: a minimalist approach. Oxford, Blackwell.

Ledgeway, A. (2009). Grammatica diacronica del napoletano (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie Band 350). Tübingen, Max Niemeyer Verlag.
Ledgeway, A. (2010). Syntactic variation: The dialects of Italy. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (with Roberta D’Alessandro and Ian Roberts).
Ledgeway, A. (2011). The Cambridge history of the Romance languages. Vol. 1: Structures. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (with Martin Maiden and John Charles Smith).
Ledgeway, A. (2012). From Latin to Romance. Morphosyntactic typology and change. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics
Chair of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
Professor Adam  Ledgeway