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LINGUIST List 24.2848

Fri Jul 12 2013

Books: Infinitivo y sujeto en portugués y español [Infinitive and Subject in Portuguese and Spanish]: Vanderschueren

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Jul-2013
From: Linda Steglich <linda.steglichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Infinitivo y sujeto en portugués y español [Infinitive and Subject in Portuguese and Spanish]: Vanderschueren
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Title: Infinitivo y sujeto en portugués y español [Infinitive and
Subject in Portuguese and Spanish]
Subtitle: Un estudio empírico de los infinitivos adverbiales con sujeto explícito
Series Title: De Gruyter Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 377
Published: 2013
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/186326?format=G

Author: Clara Vanderschueren
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110307733 Pages: 353 Price: Europe EURO 89.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110301953 Pages: 353 Price: Europe EURO 89.95
Abstract:

This volume sheds light upon one of the most emblematic constructions in Ibero-Romance: adverbial infinitives with specified subjects (e.g. al entrar Juan (Sp), para eles verem o resultado (Ptg)). The study attempts to fill an empirical gap and offers a cognitive-functional and comparative account on these constructions.

The first part provides an overview of the notions of infinitive, subject and adverbial clauses. The second part consists of two empirical case studies. First, the use of the Portuguese inflected infinitive is shown to be sensitive to factors as the mental accessibility of the infinitival subject, the syntactic-semantic autonomy of the clause, the verbal nature of the infinitive and clausal status of the construction. Second, Spanish and Portuguese infinitives with overt subjects are shown to have different properties: in Portuguese they are more complex and clause-like (having more prototypical subjects and infinitives closer to the verbal prototype), while Spanish infinitives with proper subjects have a simpler structure and are more nominal in nature.

More generally, this dissertation illustrates the flexible behaviour of the infinitive in different languages, even in two closely related languages.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Portuguese (por)
                            Spanish (spa)

Written In: Spanish (spa)

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