Article published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ Amsterdam 2007
Edited by Enoch Oladé Aboh, Elisabeth van der Linden, Josep Quer and Petra Sleeman
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 1] 2009
► pp. 67–86
Adjectives and deleted nominals in Spanish
In this paper I argue against previous strictly formal accounts of adjectival modification in nominal expressions with ellipsis in Spanish, which make use of structural conditions, such as different syntactic positions for adjectives, X-bar constraints on the target of ellipsis and/or minimality effects within the DP, and propose instead that the restricted distribution of adjectives in Spanish elliptical DPs can be reduced to a contrastive focus condition on nominal ellipsis, whereby only adjectives that create Roothian sets of alternatives, giving rise to a partitive set-subset relation, can combine with an elided noun.
Published online: 19 November 2009
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