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Title: The Motivated Syntax of Arbitrary Signs
Subtitle: Cognitive constraints on Spanish clitic clustering
Written By: Erica C. GarcĂ­a
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SFSL%2061
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 61
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Semantics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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ISBN-13: 9789027215703
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ISBN-13: 9789027289100
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