Jonathan E. MacDonald

List of John Benjamins publications for which Jonathan E. MacDonald plays a role.


Subjects Romance linguistics | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Generative linguistics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


We discuss the ungrammaticality of Spanish impersonal se (Impse) in combination with another se in control structures. Our main goal is to critically evaluate Martins & Nunes’s (2017) account of parallel phenomena in European Portuguese, who, adopting a movement theory of control, claim that Impse… read more
MacDonald, Jonathan E. and Almike Vázquez-Lozares 2021 Chapter 7. Spanish impersonal se in control infinitivals and the ungrammaticality of se se sequencesEast and West of The Pentacrest: Linguistic studies in honor of Paula Kempchinsky, Gupton, Timothy and Elizabeth Gielau (eds.), pp. 135–156 | Chapter
In this paper, we offer an analysis of impersonal se (Impse) constructions in control infinitivals. We claim that se itself spells out the valued version of the [uD] feature that Holmberg (2010) and Roberts (2010) propose is a property of T in consistent null subject languages. As a corollary, we… read more
MacDonald, Jonathan E. 2018 IntroductionContemporary Trends in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics: Selected papers from the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2015, MacDonald, Jonathan E. (ed.), pp. 1–8 | Chapter
This paper attempts to explain why indirect objects and aspectual se in Spanish are ungrammatical in the periphrastic passive. The claim is that se is accusative and since accusative is not available in passive, these se are ungrammatical in passive. An appeal to parallel patterns by indirect… read more
Cuba, Carlos de and Jonathan E. MacDonald 2013 Referentiality in Spanish CPsInformation Structure and Agreement, Camacho-Taboada, Victoria, Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández, Javier Martín-González and Mariano Reyes-Tejedor (eds.), pp. 117–140 | Article
In this paper, we discuss the CP domain of embedded clauses in Spanish, specifically in the realm of que+embedded question constructions first discussed in Plann (1982). We argue for the existence of (at least) two distinct CP layers (following previous work by Lahiri 2002, Demonte &… read more
MacDonald, Jonathan E. 2010 Minimalist variability in the verb phraseArgument Structure and Syntactic Relations: A cross-linguistic perspective, Duguine, Maia, Susana Huidobro and Nerea Madariaga (eds.), pp. 69–88 | Chapter
This paper discusses language variation from a minimalist perspective. Building on work from MacDonald (2006, 2008a,b), I discuss a clustering of inner aspectual properties from English eventive predicates, which Russian lacks. Interestingly, English statives also lack this cluster. I offer an… read more
MacDonald, Jonathan E. 2006 Null Directional Prepositions in Romanian and SpanishNew Perspectives on Romance Linguistics: Vol. I: Morphology, Syntax, Semantics, and Pragmatics, Nishida, Chiyo and Jean-Pierre Y. Montreuil (eds.), pp. 69 ff. | Article
This paper is concerned with non-reflexive non-argumental clitic pronouns of Spanish and reflexive non-argumental clitic pronouns of Romanian. These two clitics pattern together when contrasted with reflexive non-argumental clitic pronouns of Spanish with respect to the following properties: 1. the… read more