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Dissertation Information

Title: Reconciling Generativist and Functionalist Approaches on Adjectival Position in Spanish Add Dissertation
Author: Alberto Centeno-Pulido Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Georgia, Linguistics Program
Completed in: 2010
Linguistic Subfield(s): Semantics; Syntax;
Subject Language(s): Spanish
Director(s): Marlyse Baptista
Sarah Blackwell
Diana Ranson
Chad Howe

Abstract: Adjectival position in Spanish has been approached from two different and
seemingly incompatible frameworks. On the one hand, Generativism accounts
for adjectival position in terms of nominal movement (N-movement; cf.
Cinque 1994, Crisma 1993, among others) and a surface order of adjectives
based on their meaning (cf. Jackendoff 1972, Demonte 1999, among others.)
On the other, Functionalist studies tackle this issue from the point of
view of the influence of phonology (cf. File-Muriel 2006), semantic
interpretation by speakers of the nouns adjectives accompany (cf.
GarcĂ­a-Bayonas) or informational structure (cf. Truswell 2003). This
dissertation shows how these two frameworks can be considered to be
complementary to one another, rather than being in opposition.

Generativist and Functionalist approaches do not account however for
post-syntactic phenomena such as meaning shift of postnominal adjectives
that may be a result of grammaticalisation (cf. Bybee 2003). The two
corpora also provide insight on the differences between language registers
(spoken vs. written) and the impact of processing constraints of both
registers on adjectival position in Spanish.

Lastly, this dissertation adopts the NP-movement model proposed by
Laenzlinger (2003) as an alternative to N-movement to map adjectives
structurally and also to explain grammaticality judgment differences
between Spanish and Italian.