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Functional Approaches to Spanish Syntax
Lexical Semantics, Discourse and Transitivity
 
 
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16 Dec 2005
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The first usage-based approach of its kind, this volume contains twelve studies on key issues in Spanish syntax from a broad functionalist perspective. The topics covered include word order, null subjects and subject tracking, gustar-type verbs, ergative patterns in Spanish, null objects, inalienable possession, ser and estar, adjective placement, non-anaphoric se, small clauses, and causatives. While many of the studies are cast within the framework of Hopper and Thompson's Transitivity Hypothesis, they all strengthen the view that components of grammar intricately interact and that usage-based analyses offer new and insightful perspectives on old problems.

The book will be of relevance to scholars and students interested in the interaction of lexical semantics, discourse, and syntax, particularly with a Spanish and Romance focus. It will also appeal to those concerned with variationist methodology and data base-approaches to syntactic analysis.


Description

The first usage-based approach of its kind, this volume contains twelve studies on key issues in Spanish syntax from a broad functionalist perspective. The topics covered include word order, null subjects and subject tracking, gustar-type verbs, ergative patterns in Spanish, null objects, inalienable possession, ser and estar, adjective placement, non-anaphoric se, small clauses, and causatives. While many of the studies are cast within the framework of Hopper and Thompson's Transitivity Hypothesis, they all strengthen the view that components of grammar intricately interact and that usage-based analyses offer new and insightful perspectives on old problems.

The book will be of relevance to scholars and students interested in the interaction of lexical semantics, discourse, and syntax, particularly with a Spanish and Romance focus. It will also appeal to those concerned with variationist methodology and data base-approaches to syntactic analysis.


Contents

List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: J.C.Clements & J.Yoon
Semantic and Discourse-Pragmatic Factors in Spanish Word Order; B.L.Meirama
Continuity and Episodic Structure in Spanish Subject Reference; L.Comajoan
Gustar-type verbs; V.V.Rozas
Primary and Secondary Object Marking in Spanish; J.C.Clements
Null Direct Objects in Spanish; J.C.Clements
Transitivity and the Syntax of Inalienable Possession in Spanish; R.Winters
Ser and estar in the Predicate Adjective Construction; J.C.Clements
Spanish Adjective Position: Differences Between Written and Spoken Discourse; R.J.File-Muriel
Adjective Placement and Noun Semantics in Spanish; M.E.García-Bayonas
'Juan salió contento': Semantic Constraints on Small Clauses in Adjunct Position; J.Yoon
Causative hacer and dejar; C.Ruiz-Sánchez
Index


Authors

J. CLANCY CLEMENTS is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Spanish and Portuguese at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA. He received his M.A. in Spanish from the Universität Tübingen, Germany, and his Ph.D. in Romance Linguistics from the University of Washington, Seattle. His main areas of interest are contact linguistics and functional syntax, with a focus on varieties of Iberian Romance languages. His publications include The Genesis of a Language: The Formation and Development of Korlai Portuguese (1996) and The Linguistic Legacy of Spanish and Portuguese: Colonial Expansion and Language Change, four co-edited volumes, as well as over 30 articles on language contact phenomena and functional linguistics.

JIYOUNG YOON is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Spanish Linguistics and a Co-ordinator of the First and Second-Year Spanish program at the University of North Texas (Denton). She received her M.A. at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico and her Ph.D. at Indiana University. She specializes in functional syntax and semantics as well as foreign language instruction and pedagogy. She has published articles on semantics and in Spanish from both functional and Construction Grammar approaches. She is currently working on a cross-linguistic study of subject and object coding.