Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish: A Cross-Dialectal Perspective

Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish: A Cross-Dialectal Perspective

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Overview

Much recent scholarship has sought to identify the linguistic and social factors that favor the expression or omission of subject pronouns in Spanish. This volume brings together leading experts on the topic of language variation in Spanish to provide a panoramic view of research trends, develop probabilistic models of grammar, and investigate the impact of language contact on pronoun expression.

The book consists of three sections. The first studies the distributional patterns and conditioning forces on subject pronoun expression in four monolingual varieties—Dominican, Colombian, Mexican, and Peninsular—and makes cross-dialectal comparisons. In the second section, experts explore Spanish in contact with English, Maya, Catalan, and Portuguese to determine the extent to which each language influences this syntactic variable. The final section examines the acquisition of variable subject pronoun expression among monolingual and bilingual children as well as adult second language learners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626161719
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 03/26/2015
Series: Georgetown Studies in Spanish Linguistics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 7 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ana M. Carvalho is an associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona.

Rafael Orozco is an assistant professor of Spanish linguistics at Louisiana State University.

Naomi Lapidus Shin is an assistant professor of Spanish and linguistics at the University of New Mexico.

Table of Contents

PrefaceRicardo Otheguy

IntroductionAna M. Carvalho, Rafael Orozco, and Naomi Lapidus Shin

Part I: Subject Pronoun Expression in Monolingual Varieties of Spanish1. Variation of Overt and Null Subject Pronouns in the Spanish of Santo DomingoGabriela G. Alfaraz

2. Pronominal Variation in Colombian Costeño SpanishRafael Orozco

3. Subject Pronoun Expression in Oral Mexican SpanishYolanda Lastra and Pedro Martín Butragueño

4. Subject Pronoun Usage in Formulaic Sequences: Evidence from Peninsular SpanishPekka Posio

Part II: Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish in Contact with Other Languages5. Foundations for the Study of Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish in Contact with English: Assessing Intralinguistic (Dis)similarity via Intralinguistic VariabilityRena Torres Cacoullos and Catherine E. Travis

6. Subject Pronoun Expression in Contact with Maya in Yucatan SpanishJim Michnowicz

7. First Person Singular Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish in Contact with CatalanAna de Prada Pérez8. Subject Pronoun Expression in Spanish in Contact with PortugueseAna M. Carvalho and Ryan M. Bessett

Part III: Subject Pronoun Expression in Contexts of Acquisition

9. The Emergence of Structured Variability in Morphosyntax: Childhood Acquisition of Spanish Subject PronounsNaomi Lapidus Shin and Daniel Erker

10. Variable Subject Expression in Second Language Spanish: Uncovering the Developmental Sequence and Predictive Linguistic FactorsKimberly Geeslin, Bret Linford, and Stephen Fafulas

11. The Acquisition of Grammatical Subjects by Spanish–English BilingualsCarmen Silva-Corvalán

12. Subject Expression in Bilingual School-age Children in the United StatesSilvina Montrul and Noelia Sánchez-WalkerContributors

Index

What People are Saying About This

Robert Bayley

A superb collection of studies that substantially increases our understanding, not only of variation in subject personal pronouns, but also of variable morphosyntactic processes generally . . . . Clearly relevant to all students and scholars who wish to understand the complexities of linguistic variation and dialect contact.

From the Publisher

"[A] superb collection of studies that substantially increases our understanding, not only of variation in subject personal pronouns, but also of variable morphosyntactic processes generally.... Clearly relevant to all students and scholars who wish to understand the complexities of linguistic variation and dialect contact." -- Robert Bayley, professor of linguistics, University of California, Davis

"Students and scholars will find that this volume is an essential reference in the field of Spanish language variation. If the study of final /s/ has led Spanish sociophonetics, the study of subject pronouns stars in sociogrammar. This volume presents a 3D analysis of how subject pronouns are used and acquired in Spanish. This comprehensive volume is not only of interest to those concerned with Spanish grammar, but also to anyone interested in pro-drop languages. The vision of Carvalho, Orozco and Shin has harmonized an excellent collective volume." -- Francisco Moreno-Fernández, professor of Hispanic linguistics. University of Alcala (Spain) and Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University.

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"If you seek innovative, theoretically and empirically driven research into syntactic variation, open this book and read on. Here a variationist focus on alternating sound and silence, something and nothing, or subject pronouns and nulls generates striking insights into the nature of Spanish and those who speak and learn it." -- Richard Cameron,, University of Illinois at Chicago

Richard Cameron

If you seek innovative, theoretically and empirically driven research into syntactic variation, open this book and read on. Here a variationist focus on alternating sound and silence, something and nothing, or subject pronouns and nulls generates striking insights into the nature of Spanish and those who speak and learn it.

Francisco Moreno-Fernández

Students and scholars will find that this volume is an essential reference in the field of Spanish language variation. If the study of final /s/ has led Spanish sociophonetics, the study of subject pronouns stars in sociogrammar. This volume presents a 3D analysis of how subject pronouns are used and acquired in Spanish. This comprehensive volume is not only of interest to those concerned with Spanish grammar, but also to anyone interested in pro-drop languages. The vision of Carvalho, Orozco and Shin has harmonized an excellent collective volume.

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