Chapter published in:Left Sentence Peripheries in Spanish: Diachronic, Variationist and Comparative Perspectives
Edited by Andreas Dufter and Álvaro S. Octavio de Toledo y Huerta
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 214] 2014
► pp. 125–154
Chapter 5. Fronting and contrastively focused secondary predicates in Spanish
This paper is about the syntactic position of contrastively focused secondary predicates in Spanish. In the literature, fronting is presented as a possible means to encode contrastive focus in Spanish. Based on data from a production experiment I will show however that fronting is a dispreferred strategy for the encoding of contrastively focused secondary predicates (and other postverbal constituents such as direct objects and locative adverbials). The main conclusion is that secondary predicates appear in their base position after the verb, even when contrastively focused. In the last part of the paper I will compare the results of my experiment to other empirical studies on the matter and discuss the grammatical constraints that may underlie the speaker’s choice when encoding contrastive focus.
Published online: 31 July 2014
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