Article published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 10: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' 28, Lisbon
Edited by Ernestina Carrilho, Alexandra Fiéis, Maria Lobo and Sandra Pereira
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 10] 2016
► pp. 279–304
Variation and change in the Romance faire-par causative
This chapter considers the extent to which the faire-par causative (FP) is available in Italian, French, Catalan, and varieties of Spanish and Portuguese. While French and Italian (like some Spanish varieties) permit FP with an optional by-phrase, Catalan permits FP only where the by-phrase is supressed. Although some Spanish and Portuguese varieties display something superficially resembling the Catalan FP, closer consideration reveals the construction in question to have quite distinct properties. Taking Portuguese as a case study, we trace the diachronic development of FP, proposing that the obligatory suppression of the by-phrase combined with the possibility of ECM/inflected causative complements permitted reanalysis, leading to the loss of FP in some Portuguese (and Spanish) varieties.
Keywords: Catalan, Causatives, clause union, clitic climbing, diachrony, faire-par, French, Italian, microparameters, nominalization, passive, Portuguese, Spanish
Published online: 08 December 2016
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