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The Clausal Structure of Spanish : A Comparative Study - Francisco Ordonez

The Clausal Structure of Spanish

A Comparative Study

Hardcover Published: 15th April 2000
ISBN: 9780815337881
Number Of Pages: 209

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This work studies various aspects of word order and clause structure in Spanish that have proved problematic for syntactic theory. These aspects are explored theoretically in light of the antisymmetry approach of Kayne (1994) and empirically by examining parallel structures in related languages. For example, the author uses antisymmetry to critique the traditional understanding of post-verbal subjects, which have assumed a right-adjunction approach. However, he provides empirical as well as theoretical reasons to believe that a combination of leftward movements constitutes a better alternative. Likewise, the study uses a number of combined theoretical and empirical arguments to provide new and more constrained analyses of overt "wh"-movement and pre-verbal subjects. It shows that the obligatory post-verbal positioning of overt subjects cannot be explained by recourse to a required overt head movement of the verb. Instead, the author explains this restriction by proposing that overt subjects, which are always topicalized in Spanish, conflict with the feature specifications of "wh"-complementizers. Finally, the author relates the obligatory topicalized nature of pre-verbal subjects in Spanish to a proposal that person agreement morphemes on the verb should be considered arguments that receive the subject theta-role. This book will be of interest to syntacticians and comparitivists, as well as scholars of Romance languages.

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"It provides a highly stimulating discussion of many issues relating to Romance syntax and contains new, provocative analyses." -Kleanthes K. Grohmann, University of Frankfurt

Framework: antisymmetry
Background: hierarchical structure and linear order
Some Inadequacies of the Symmetric View
Spec Head Complement as Universal Order
The Formulation of the LCA
LCA and its consequences
The VSO/VOS Alternation in Spanish
the VSO and VOS order in Spanish
The analysis of VSO and VOS
The asymmetries
Focus and Post-Verbal Subjects in Romance
Distribution of Post-verbal subjects in Italian, Catalan and French
Distribution of post-verbal subjects in Spanish
Post-verbal subjects in Neutral Phrase
Post-verbal subjects in Focus Phrase
Proposal: LPR with Post-verbal subjects
Consequences for nonarguments
Consequences for arguments
Spanish VOS order
Comparing LPR to the right adjunction alternative
Inversion in Interrogatives in Spanish and Catalan
Antisymmetry and the landing of clitics
The position of the post-verbal subjects in interrogatives
V-to-C and the "free inversion" construction
The obligatoriness of inversion in Interrogatives in Spanish and Catalan
Appendix Left Dislocated Subjects and Pro-DropIntroduction
Empirical Evidence
Dislocated subjects
Previous accounts
person Agreement as a clitic
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ISBN: 9780815337881
ISBN-10: 0815337884
Series: Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 209
Published: 15th April 2000
Publisher: GARLAND PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1