M. Teresa Espinal

List of John Benjamins publications for which M. Teresa Espinal plays a role.


Espinal, M. Teresa, Cristina Real-Puigdollers and Xavier Villalba 2024 From a movement verb to an epistemic discourse marker: The diachronic change of Spanish vayaLinguistic Variation 24:1, pp. 1–36
Besides its main use as a form of the movement verb ir ‘to go’, the Spanish form vaya (lit. go) is also used as a verbal discourse marker. Here we trace this transition from a purely verbal form to a discourse marker by searching a historical corpus of documents in Spanish, which reveals the… read more | Article
In this paper, we argue that Spanish (and other Romance languages such as Catalan), contrary to what has been believed up to now, patterns with languages such as Brazilian Portuguese and French. We present several different arguments to support our proposal that in the Romance languages we… read more | Chapter
Ribera-Llonc, Eulàlia, M. Teresa Espinal and Josep Quer 2019 The noun-verb distinction in Catalan Sign Language: An exo-skeletal approachSign Language & Linguistics 22:1, pp. 1–43
This paper investigates the morpho-phonological differences between the members of related noun-verb pairs in Catalan Sign Language. Like parallel investigations in other sign languages, our experimental work provides evidence that the major differentiating factors between related nouns and verbs… read more | Article
Espinal, M. Teresa 2017 Morphosyntactic defectiveness in complex predicate formationVerb Valency Changes: Theoretical and typological perspectives, Álvarez González, Albert and Ia Navarro (eds.), pp. 32–49
This article focuses on verb valency change in complex predicate formation by noun incorporation. I reassess the claim that incorporated nouns and clitics in both Uto-Aztecan and Romance languages are morphosyntactically defective, and I show that crucially morphosyntactic defectiveness, but not… read more | Chapter
Espinal, M. Teresa and Sonia M. L. Cyrino 2017 On weak definites and their contribution to event kindsBoundaries, Phases and Interfaces: Case studies in honor of Violeta Demonte, Fernández-Soriano, Olga, Elena Castroviejo Miró and Isabel Pérez-Jiménez (eds.), pp. 129–150
In this paper we focus on the meaning of definite DPs that allow a weak reading. We review three different proposals for weak definites, and we present a new analysis with special reference to Romance languages. We submit that the eventual weak reading of a definite DP and its contribution to a… read more | Chapter
Brazilian Portuguese (BrP) is different from other Romance languages in allowing bare nominals in argument position. In this paper we focus on the apparent differences between this language and other Romance languages, and on the structure that bare nominals have in this language. We argue… read more | Article
Bogatyreva, Lidia and M. Teresa Espinal 2014 Weak referentiality and Russian instrumental nominalsWeak Referentiality, Aguilar-Guevara, Ana, Bert Le Bruyn and Joost Zwarts (eds.), pp. 101–128
This paper focuses on weak instrumental nominals in Russian and it shows their similarities, both from a semantic and a syntactic point of view, with bare predicates in Romance languages, namely Catalan. These nominal expressions are property-denoting expressions that show non-unique reference. We… read more | Article
Espinal, M. Teresa 2013 Bare nominals, bare predicates: Properties and related typesNew Perspectives on Bare Noun Phrases in Romance and Beyond, Kabatek, Johannes and Albert Wall (eds.), pp. 63–94
In this paper I will address the topic of identifying the semantic types that can be associated with bare nominals (BNs) in Romance languages such as Catalan and Spanish. I will show that, even in argument position, BNs do not always have a referential index (Baker 2003) and may occur as syntactic… read more | Article
Dobrovie-Sorin, Carmen, Tonia Bleam and M. Teresa Espinal 2006 Bare nouns, number and types of incorporationNon-definiteness and Plurality, Vogeleer, Svetlana and Liliane Tasmowski (eds.), pp. 51–79
Espinal, M. Teresa 1997 Non-Negative Negation and Wh-ExclamativesNegation and Polarity: Syntax and semantics. Selected papers from the colloquium Negation: Syntax and Semantics. Ottawa, 11–13 May 1995, Forget, Danielle, Paul Hirschbühler, France Martineau and María Luisa Rivero (eds.), pp. 75 ff.
The aim of this paper is to identify which syntactic structures allow the interpretation of meaningless or expletive negation and under what conditions formal negation appears in the syntax of natural languages, with especial reference to Central Catalan. I shall describe two syntactic… read more | Article