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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2004

SPN 383N • SPANISH GENERATIVE SYNTAX

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46795 W
10:00 AM-1:00 PM
BEN 1.118
Luján

Course Description

An overview of the main structural features of Spanish is presented which emphasizes its nature as a Pro-drop language and utilizes current linguistic methodology. The topics to be covered include null/overt pronouns, determiners, impersonal and passive reflexives, wh-clauses, free subject order, and agreement, among others. Chomsky’s Principles and Parameters and Minimalist theory are applied to the description of Spanish as a language which allows unpronounced subject and object pronouns with a finite verb. The structural features of the language derive by Universal Grammar’s (UG) principles operating on the system of agreement inflections, rather than by construction-specific rules. Binding principles that define the use of unstressed pronouns account for Spanish null pronouns, which are identified by subject agreement affixes and pronominal object clitics. Inflectional affixes require Verb-movement, and this affects the form of verbal complements, in particular, clausal ones. Differences in the distribution and Case-marking of que vs. that, word-order in wh-clauses, preposition-stranding, control and obviation phenomena, Exceptional Case-marking structures, as well as the movement of pronominal clitics, follow from V-movement. The Pro-drop property is also responsible for the functional use of reflexives in passive, middle-voice and impersonal sentences, as well as for the lexical preference of the language for psych-verbs that are Dative-assigners, vg. alegrar, gustar, enojar, etc.

Grading Policy

1 (take-home) mid-term exam and 1 (single or co-authored) term paper

Texts

Zagona, Karen. 2002. The Syntax of Spanish. Cambridge University Press. Radford, Andrew. 1997. Syntax: a Minimalist Introduction. Cambridge University Press. Demonte, Violeta, ed. 1994. Gramática del Español, Publ. de NRFH, El Colegio de México. Research Bibliography: Bosque, Ignacio. 1994. La negación y el PCV. Gramática del Español, Violeta Demonte, ed. Publicaciones de NRFH, El Colegio de México. 167-199. Brucart, José M. 1992. Some asymmetries in the functioning of relative pronouns. CWPL 1992. 113-143 Campos, Héctor, M. Charnitski and W. Woodard. 1990. Silent prepositional phrases in Spanish. The Georgetown Journal of Languages and Linguistics 1. 1-13. ____. 1994. Seudo-elevación y seudo-relativas. Gramática del Español, edición de Violeta Demonte. Publicaciones de NRFH, El Colegio de México. 201-236. Contreras, Heles. 1987. Small clauses in Spanish and English. NLLT 5. 225-243. Demonte, Violeta. 1989. Linking and Case. The case of prepositional verbs. ____. 1995. Dative Alternation in Spanish. Probus 7, 5-30. Fernández-Soriano, Olga, ed. 1993. Los pronombres átonos en la teoría gramatical. Los Pronombres Atonos, edición de Olga Fernández Soriano. Madrid: Taurus. 13-62. Franco, Jon. 1990. Towards a typology of psych-verbs: evidence from Spanish. MITWPL 12. 46-92. Jaeggli, Osvaldo. 1986. Three issues in the theory of clitics: Case, doubled Np’s and extraction. The Syntax of pronominal Clitics, Syntax and Semantics (Vol. 19), Hagit Borer, ed. 15-42. Luján, Marta. 1993. La subida de clíticos y el modo en los complementos verbales del español. Los Pronombres Atonos, edición de Olga Fernández Soriano. 235-283. ____. 1996. Efectos del Caso Abstracto en las cláusulas de complemento”, III Encuentro de Lingüística en el Noroeste. Vol.II: Estudios del Español. Zarina Estrada-Fernández et al., eds. Hermosillo, México: Editorial Unison, 83-119. ____. 1999 Expresión y omisión del pronombre personal. Gramática Descriptiva de la Lengua Española, Ignacio Bosque y Violeta Demonte, eds. Madrid: Espasa-Calpa. 1276-1315. ____. 2001. (with Claudia Parodi) Clitic-doubling and the Acquisition of Agreement in Spanish. Current Issues in Spanish Syntax and Semantics, Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Luis Silva-Villar, eds. La Haya: Mouton De Gruyter. 193-217. Rizzi, Luigi. 1988. Acerca de la uniformidad estructural de las categorías sintácticas. RAL 4, 3-22. Suñer, Margarita. 1988. The role of agreement in clitic-doubled constructions. NLLT 6. 391-434. ____. 1990. Impersonal SE passives and the licensing of empty categories. Probus 2. 209-231. ____. 1992. Indirect questions and the structure of CP: some consequences. Current Studies in Spanish Linguistics, edited by Héctor Campos et al. 283-312. Terzi, Arhonto. 1994. Clitic climbing from finite clauses and long head-movement. CWPL 1994. 97-122. Torrego, Esther. 1984. On inversion in Spanish and some of its effects. LI 15, 103-129. ____. 1998. The Dependency of Objects. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Zubizarreta, María-Luisa. 1994. El orden de palabras en español y el caso nominativo. Gramática del Español, ed. de V. Demonte. Public. de NRFH, 21-49. Abreviaturas: CWPL: Catalan Working Papers in Linguistics LI: Linguistic Inquiry MITWPL: MIT Working Papers in Linguistics NLLT: Natural Language and Linguistic Theory NRFH: Nueva Revista de Filología Hispánica RAL: Revista Argentina de Lingüística

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