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Title:
The syntax of Spanish
Author:
Zagona, Karen T., 1951-
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Publication Information:
New York : Cambridge University Press, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xii, 286 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521571777

9780521576840
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Book

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Summary

Clear and well-organised, this textbook is an introduction to Spanish syntax, which assumes no prior knowledge of current theory. Beginning with a descriptive overview of the major characteristics of the grammar, it goes on to describe facts about Spanish, such as its word order, notions of 'subject', 'direct object', 'auxiliary verb' and so on. The book combines traditional grammatical description with perspectives gained from recent research in the Principles and Parameters framework. It also presents useful theoretical notions such as semantic roles, Case, and Predication. Accessibly written, the book gives just enough background so as to allow the reader to understand the lines of investigation that have been pursued in accounting for such issues as clause structure and constituent order. It will be of use to students who are interested in grammar, Spanish, or in some of the basic results of modern, formal linguistic theory.


Summary

Clear and well-organised, this textbook is an introduction to Spanish syntax, which assumes no prior knowledge of current theory. Beginning with a descriptive overview of the major characteristics of the grammar, it goes on to describe facts about Spanish, such as its word order, notions of 'subject', 'direct object', 'auxiliary verb' and so on. The book combines traditional grammatical description with perspectives gained from recent research in the Principles and Parameters framework. It also presents useful theoretical notions such as semantic roles, Case, and Predication. Accessibly written, the book gives just enough background so as to allow the reader to understand the lines of investigation that have been pursued in accounting for such issues as clause structure and constituent order. It will be of use to students who are interested in grammar, Spanish, or in some of the basic results of modern, formal linguistic theory.


Author Notes

Karen Zagona is Associate Professor of Linguistics and adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Washington


Karen Zagona is Associate Professor of Linguistics and adjunct Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Washington


Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Symbols and abbreviationsp. xi
1 Overview of the grammarp. 1
1.1 Introductionp. 1
1.2 General characteristics of the syntaxp. 7
1.3 The subject constituentp. 26
1.4 The predicate constituentp. 33
1.5 Main clausesp. 48
1.6 Subordinate clausesp. 54
1.7 Syntactic dialectsp. 68
2 The Noun Phrasep. 73
2.1 Introductionp. 73
2.2 The distribution of argument NPsp. 73
2.3 Predicative NPsp. 82
2.4 The constituents of NPp. 85
2.5 Determiners of argument NPsp. 94
2.6 Pre- and post-determinersp. 102
2.7 Specifiers of predicative NPsp. 107
2.8 Constituent order within NPp. 109
2.9 Summaryp. 116
3 The Verb Phrasep. 118
3.1 Introductionp. 118
3.2 The distribution of VPp. 118
3.3 The external argument of VPp. 126
3.4 Complements of V: prepositional complements vs. adjunctsp. 131
3.5 Complements: direct object DPsp. 135
3.6 Indirect objectsp. 141
3.7 Complements of "unaccusative" verbsp. 152
3.8 Summaryp. 156
4 VP-related functional categoriesp. 158
4.1 Introductionp. 158
4.2 VP-adverbs and the verb/tense relationp. 160
4.3 Auxiliary verbs, tense and aspectp. 170
4.4 Cliticsp. 184
4.5 Negationp. 194
4.6 Summaryp. 200
5 Subjects, topics, and declarative constituent orderp. 202
5.1 Introductionp. 202
5.2 The problem of "free" subject orderp. 204
5.3 Discourse roles: Focus and Topicp. 208
5.4 [Topic] movement to the specifier of IPp. 213
5.5 Dislocated Topicsp. 220
5.6 Subject order and the NS parameterp. 229
5.7 Summaryp. 239
6 A'-movement and X movement through COMPp. 241
6.1 Introductionp. 241
6.2 Wh-movementp. 241
6.3 (Contrastive) Focusp. 248
6.4 Other A'-movementsp. 254
6.5 Head movement to (and through) COMPp. 263
6.6 Summaryp. 271
Referencesp. 273
Indexp. 281
Prefacep. ix
Symbols and abbreviationsp. xi
1 Overview of the grammarp. 1
1.1 Introductionp. 1
1.2 General characteristics of the syntaxp. 7
1.3 The subject constituentp. 26
1.4 The predicate constituentp. 33
1.5 Main clausesp. 48
1.6 Subordinate clausesp. 54
1.7 Syntactic dialectsp. 68
2 The Noun Phrasep. 73
2.1 Introductionp. 73
2.2 The distribution of argument NPsp. 73
2.3 Predicative NPsp. 82
2.4 The constituents of NPp. 85
2.5 Determiners of argument NPsp. 94
2.6 Pre- and post-determinersp. 102
2.7 Specifiers of predicative NPsp. 107
2.8 Constituent order within NPp. 109
2.9 Summaryp. 116
3 The Verb Phrasep. 118
3.1 Introductionp. 118
3.2 The distribution of VPp. 118
3.3 The external argument of VPp. 126
3.4 Complements of V: prepositional complements vs. adjunctsp. 131
3.5 Complements: direct object DPsp. 135
3.6 Indirect objectsp. 141
3.7 Complements of "unaccusative" verbsp. 152
3.8 Summaryp. 156
4 VP-related functional categoriesp. 158
4.1 Introductionp. 158
4.2 VP-adverbs and the verb/tense relationp. 160
4.3 Auxiliary verbs, tense and aspectp. 170
4.4 Cliticsp. 184
4.5 Negationp. 194
4.6 Summaryp. 200
5 Subjects, topics, and declarative constituent orderp. 202
5.1 Introductionp. 202
5.2 The problem of "free" subject orderp. 204
5.3 Discourse roles: Focus and Topicp. 208
5.4 [Topic] movement to the specifier of IPp. 213
5.5 Dislocated Topicsp. 220
5.6 Subject order and the NS parameterp. 229
5.7 Summaryp. 239
6 A'-movement and X movement through COMPp. 241
6.1 Introductionp. 241
6.2 Wh-movementp. 241
6.3 (Contrastive) Focusp. 248
6.4 Other A'-movementsp. 254
6.5 Head movement to (and through) COMPp. 263
6.6 Summaryp. 271
Referencesp. 273
Indexp. 281

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