MatchPoints Seminar
The Culture of Politics, Economics and International Relations

22 – 24 May 2013, Aarhus, Denmark
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Making Democracy Speak: Linguistic Foundations of Social Capital


In linguistics, northern Italy is widely known for the fact that the dialects spoken in this area, including all regions north of the Appennines as well as part of Tuscany, require overt subject clitics in declarative sentences. Recent findings in cognitive linguistics suggest that the observed differences in dialect syntax, notwithstanding other cultural and non-cultural factors, have contributed to the well-known persistence of the North-South divide in social capital endowments over the centuries.