Current Issues in Spanish Syntax and Semantics by Javier Gutierrez-Rexach, Luis Silva-Villar

By Javier Gutierrez-Rexach, Luis Silva-Villar

This article is a compilation of articles on diversified facets of Spanish grammar within the parts of present theoretical syntax and semantics. issues coated contain: the syntax and semantics of clitics and clitic doubling; the constitution of noun words, with distinct consciousness to adjectives; the placement of matters; demanding and causation. The techniques fall inside of generative grammar, largely understood, with a few contributions solid within the standpoint of the minimalist software. hence, the ebook makes an attempt to provide a balanced photo of state-of-the-art learn in those parts. Luis Silva-Villar is Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at Mesa nation collage, united states.

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Bonnie'sA ständige Beschreibung der EreigniseT Bonnie's frequent description of the events The unavailability of agent arguments does not extend to result nomináis in Spanish, which allows both the agent and the theme argument to be expressed overtly. This is also possible in German as long as the genitive agent occurs prenominally. (7) a. El abuso de PedroA/T de su madreT/A the abuse of Peter of his mother b. *Die Behandlung PetersA seiner MutterT the treatment of Peter of his mother c. *Die Behandlung der MutterT des ArztesA the treatment of the mother of the doctor As (7b-c) show, two postnominal genitive D P arguments are not a possibility in German (cf.

La descripción del ladrón the description of-the thief b. El padre de mi amiga the father of my friend c. El Porsche del Playboy the Porsche of-the playboy d. La manifestación del año pasado the demonstration of-the year last e. Daß er den Dieb beschreibt that he the thief described f. Die Beschreibung des Diebes the description the thief g. Der Vater meiner Freundin the father of my friend h. Der Porsche des Playboys the Porsche of the playboy i Die Friedensdemonstrationen des letzten Jahres the peace-demonstration of last year However, as (2) shows, not all genitive arguments occur in postnominal position in German.

It was damaged terribly. (35) a. Tenía ricos ornamentos. Tenía ornamentos ricos. 'S/he had rich ornaments' b. It was ornamented richly Bolinger is correct in pointing out that terribly in (34b') and richly in (35b') specify the manner in which these events took place, that is, they are "restrictive adverbs". In the correspondent "b" sentences in pre-participial position, they come close to degree quantifiers, just as the Spanish adjectives do in the "a" examples. Adjective position and the interpretation of indefinites 29 Most formal analyses of Spanish (or Italian) prenominai attributive adjectives do not deal with these differences in meaning.

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