Article published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2008: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Groningen 2008
Edited by Reineke Bok-Bennema, Brigitte Kampers-Manhe and Bart Hollebrandse
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2] 2010
► pp. 1–16
In support of a syntactic analysis of double agreement phenomena in Spanish
Compound tenses may display double agreement in non-standard varieties of Spanish. Harris & Halle (2005) present a body of new data for affirmative imperatives, where third person plural -n is reduplicated (once or twice) or switches places with a clitic (metathesis). Kayne (2008) proposes a syntactic reinterpretation of the data, analyzing imperatives as compound tenses with silent auxiliaries (Kayne 1992). The contending assumptions in these works concern a long standing debate on whether agreement morphology is a product of syntactic operations or the syntax-phonology interface. This paper defends the former view building on an independent proposal by Alcázar and Saltarelli (2008a,b), who identify a prescriptive light verb in imperative clauses. We extend the analysis to imperative expressions with first and third person subjects, proposing that these imperative clauses feature an additional causative head.
Published online: 24 November 2010
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Arregi, Karlos & Andrew Nevins
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