Alexandra Cornilescu

List of John Benjamins publications for which Alexandra Cornilescu plays a role.


Against recent claims that Romance languages lack a genuine dative alternation since they lack a genuine Prepositional Dative Construction (e.g., Pineda 2012), we bring evidence that, in Romanian, even in Recipient ditransitive constructions, datives manifest either DP or PP properties. In order… read more
Cornilescu, Alexandra 2015 On the syntax of datives in unaccusative configurationsRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2013: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Amsterdam 2013, Aboh, Enoch O., Jeannette Schaeffer and Petra Sleeman (eds.), pp. 119–158 | Article
The paper examines a class of Dative-Nominative psych constructions based on light unaccusative verbs. Unaccusative Datives contrast with Datives in ditransitive structures. One sharp difference is the obligatory presence of the Dative clitic, while the clitic is optional in ditransitive structures. read more
Cornilescu, Alexandra and Ion Giurgea 2013 Chapter 7. The adjectiveA Reference Grammar of Romanian: Volume 1: The noun phrase, Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen and Ion Giurgea (eds.), pp. 355–530 | Article
Cornilescu, Alexandra, Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin, Ion Giurgea, Elena Soare and Camelia Stan 2013 Chapter 11. Deverbal nounsA Reference Grammar of Romanian: Volume 1: The noun phrase, Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen and Ion Giurgea (eds.), pp. 663–718 | Article
Cornilescu, Alexandra and Alexandru Nicolae 2011 On the syntax of Romanian definite phrases: Changes in the patterns of definiteness checkingThe Noun Phrase in Romance and Germanic: Structure, variation, and change, Sleeman, Petra and Harry Perridon (eds.), pp. 193–222 | Article
We discuss a type of variation in the pattern of definiteness valuation in Old Romanian (XVIth to XVIIIth century), which has never been noticed before, and examine its significance for the evolution of the DP. In Old Romanian, the suffixed definite article variably occurs either on the first or on… read more
The paper discusses the linearization of DP-internal Romanian adjectives, along the lines of Stavrou (2001), against the background of phase theory (Chomsky 2005). A system of adjective classification is proposed, taking into account whether they combine with NPs or DPs, whether they are kind- or… read more
Cornilescu, Alexandra and Carmen Dobrovie-Sorin 2008 10. Clitic doubling, complex heads and interarboreal operationsClitic Doubling in the Balkan Languages, Kallulli, Dalina and Liliane Tasmowski (eds.), pp. 289–319 | Article
Romanian, as well as certain varieties of Spanish (but not Iberian Spanish, French or Italian) allow the clitic doubling of direct objects (indirect objects will be left out here),1 a phenomenon that is subject to clear crosslinguistic differences: in Spanish, but not in Romanian, clitic doubling… read more
Cornilescu, Alexandra 2002 Rhematic focus at the left periphery: The case of RomanianRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2000: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 2000, Utrecht, 30 November–2 December, Beyssade, Claire, Reineke Bok-Bennema, Frank Drijkoningen and Paola Monachesi (eds.), pp. 77–91 | Article
Cornilescu, Alexandra 1995 Rumanian Genitive ConstructionsAdvances in Roumanian Linguistics, Cinque, Guglielmo and Giuliana Giusti (eds.), pp. 1 ff. | Article