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Reduced Constructions in Spanish [NOOK Book]

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This book discusses a class of Reduced Constructions which exhibit both mono- and bi-clausal characteristics. In Spanish, as well as other Romance languages, the most salient mono-clausal characteristic is the possibility of clitic climbing, i.e. the possibility of an object clitic attaching to a verb that is higher (in the appropriate sense) than the verb which selects the object to which the clitic corresponds. Reduced constructions come in essentially two varieties: clause reduction (or restructuring) ...

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Reduced Constructions in Spanish

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Overview

This book discusses a class of Reduced Constructions which exhibit both mono- and bi-clausal characteristics. In Spanish, as well as other Romance languages, the most salient mono-clausal characteristic is the possibility of clitic climbing, i.e. the possibility of an object clitic attaching to a verb that is higher (in the appropriate sense) than the verb which selects the object to which the clitic corresponds. Reduced constructions come in essentially two varieties: clause reduction (or restructuring) constructions and union (or causative / perception verb)constructions. There has been a good deal of work on a number of aspects of reduced constructions; here the author discusses work in three areas: the analysis of pronominal clitics, the structure of clause reduction and union constructions (and how these treatments interact with the analysis of clitics to yield an account of clitic climbing), and the encoding of embedded subjects in union constructions.

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In a revised version of his 1991 dissertation for the University of California-Santa Cruz, Moore uses a Government and Binding framework to analyze a class of syntactic constructions that simultaneously exhibit mono-clausal and bi-clausal behaviors. He seeks to capture their ambivalent nature by opposing them to a full embedded sentence, but at the same time recognizing their full sentential complement. Most such studies encompass Romance languages as whole, which all contain such constructions, but Moore concentrates on a single language to ferret out details that can be applied elsewhere. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
I Reduced Constructions 9
1 Spanish Clause Structure 9
2 Reduced and Unreduced Constructions 16
II The VP Complement Analysis 29
1 Against Bi-Clausality 30
2 Constituent Structure 43
III [theta]-Roles, Embedded Subjects, and Clause Reduction 71
1 Control Reduction Structures 72
2 Raising Reduction Structures 89
3 Downstairs Freeze Phenomena 98
IV Union Constructions 113
1 Perception Verbs 114
2 Causative Verbs 122
V Case Marking and Faire-par 137
1 Case Alternation 137
2 Faire-par and Faux-faire-par 147
VI Clitics 169
1 Clitics as Object Agreement 169
2 Local Clitic Placement 174
3 Reduced Constructions with Downstairs Cliticization 181
4 Restrictions on Clitic Placement 188
VII Reflexives and Passives 199
1 Reflexives 199
2 Passives 217
VIII Conclusion 237
Bibliography 241
Index 253
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