Events and Predication
A new approach to syntactic processing in English and Spanish
Montserrat Sanz | Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
Studies on the syntactic consequences of event type in languages have shown that Aktionsart plays a role in Universal Grammar. This book contributes to the exploration of the syntax/semantics interface by presenting a thorough comparison of event and predicate types in English and Spanish. The mapping between event and syntactic predicate types, including detransitives, is given a minimalist account based on the functional categories that embed event features and on a careful analysis of the features checked by objects. As the book delves into the theoretical issue of how parameters are characterized, it presents the most comprehensive account to date of event type phenomena in Spanish, an innovative analysis of the clitic SE and a re-definition of unaccusativity. The theory is then applied to the ongoing issues in the sentence processing literature. A proposal is made for an update of the current data in light of these latest linguistic discoveries.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 207] 2000. xiv, 219 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Preface | p. vii
Chapter 1: Preliminaries | p. 1
Chapter 2: Transitivity and Aktionsart. Data from Spanish | p. 39
Chapter 3: Transitivity and Aktionsart. Data from English | p. 91
Chapter 4: Unaccusatives and passives in English and Spanish | p. 123
Chapter 5: On the role of syntax in processing. A cross-linguistic study | p. 153
Appendix | p. 193
Index of subjects | p. 217
“This book investigates a set of linguistic phenomena related to the syntax-semantics interconnections of Event types. Sanz covers interesting and intricate data with great care, concentrating on a comparison between English and Spanish. It is of great value, particularly for those interested in Spanish syntax.”
“In recent years, the acquisition of unaccusativity in SLA has received significant attention in English and other languages. Because Sanz offers a parametric account of English and Spanish, the ideas and analysis presented in this book easily lend themselves to conducting similar experimentation in SLA and bilingualism within the minimalist framework.”
Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, 26:1 (2003)
Cited by 17 other publications
2016. Towards a theory of pronominal verb constructions in Spanish. In Inquiries in Hispanic Linguistics [Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 12], ► pp. 21 ff.
2018. Chapter 1. se-marked directed motion constructions. In Contemporary Trends in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics [Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 15], ► pp. 11 ff.
de Garavito, Joyce Bruhn
2011. Subject/object asymmetries in the grammar of bilingual and monolingual Spanish speakers. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism 1:2 ► pp. 111 ff.
García-Albea, José Eugenio & José Manuel Igoa
Gomes, Jean Carlos da Silva & Adriana Leitão Martins
Kamyshna, I.I., L.B. Pavlovych & A.M. Kamyshnyi
Malaia, Evie, Ronnie B. Wilbur & Christine Weber-Fox
Martínez Vera, Gabriel
Martínez Vera, Gabriel, Julio César López Otero, Marina Y. Sokolova, Adam Cleveland, Megan Tzeitel Marshall & Liliana Sánchez
This list is based on CrossRef data as of 11 september 2023. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.
Main BIC Subject
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General