Chapter published in:Boundaries, Phases and Interfaces: Case studies in honor of Violeta Demonte
Edited by Olga Fernández-Soriano, Elena Castroviejo Miró and Isabel Pérez-Jiménez
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 239] 2017
► pp. 280–304
Spanish participial adjectives and individual-level/stage-level interpretations in nominals
This article addresses the well-known restriction on stage-level readings of pre-nominal predicative adjectives in Spanish. We argue that this restriction is due to a structural difference between ‘direct modifiers’ and ‘indirect modifiers’ as has been previously proposed in the literature (Demonte 1999; Cinque 2010). New evidence for such a distinction is introduced, based on the contrasting behavior of two classes of deverbal adjectives: se-inchoatives versus ‘perfective’ participial adjectives.
Keywords: predicative adjective, individual-level adjective, stage-level adjective, Aspect Phrase, copular sentence
Published online: 14 June 2017
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