The Motivated Syntax of Arbitrary Signs

Cognitive constraints on Spanish clitic clustering

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This detailed study challenges the claim that syntax is arbitrary and autonomous, as well as the assumption that Spanish clitic clusters constitute grammaticalized units. Diverse--apparently unrelated--restrictions on clitic clustering in both simplex VP's and Accusative cum Infinitive structures are shown to be cognitively motivated, given the meaning of the individual clitics, and the compositional/interpretative routines those meanings motivate. The analysis accounts, in coherent and principled fashion, for the absolute non-occurrence of some clusters, and the interpretation-dependent acceptability of all remaining clitic combinations: cluster acceptability depends on the ease with which the given clitic combination can be processed to yield a congruent message; there is no point in combining clitics whose meanings preclude speedy processing of the cluster. The monograph goes beyond previous work on Spanish clitics in its wealth of data, the range of syntactic phenomena discussed, and its analytic scope.
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Table of Contents
Erica C. García: In memoriam
xiii–xiv
Acknowledgements
xv
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–32
Chapter 2. The problem: Unacceptable clitic clusters
35–48
Chapter 3. The communicative value of clitic reference
49–66
Chapter 4. Basic clitic syntax
67–94
Chapter 5. Variable clitic-cluster acceptability
95–130
Chapter 6. Accounting for all the uses of Sp. se
131–156
Chapter 7. Accounting for the non-uses of Sp. se
157–182
Chapter 8. The syntactic structure of AcI’s
185–198
Chapter 9. Clitic syntax in AcI’s
199–210
Chapter 10. Clitic placement in AcI’s
211–232
Chapter 11. Complex role/referent allotment in AcI’s
233–264
Chapter 12. Clitic placement in AcI’s and their look-alikes
265–288
Chapter 13. Summary and conclusions
289–296
Abbreviations
297–306
Glossary
298–305
References
307–328
Corpus
326–328
Name index
329–332
Subject index
333–335
“[...] a fundamental study that contributes to the understanding of Spanish clitics and manages to go beyond previous analyses. It constitutes an insightful criticism to the hypotheses of the autonomy and arbitariness of syntax.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009019498