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Professor Adam Ledgeway

Romance languages and linguistics; (Morpho)Syntactic Theory; Italian linguistics and dialectology; historical syntax; morphology
Professor Adam Ledgeway

Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics

Chair of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Romance languages and linguistics

(Morpho)Syntactic Theory

Italian linguistics and dialectology

Historical syntax


Office Phone: (+44) (0)1223 334832

Research Interests

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.



  • Dialectology
  • Latin
  • Syntax
  • Morphology
  • Historical linguistics
  • Italian

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.