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Title: An exceptional exclamative sentence type in Romance
Paper URL: http://seneca.uab.es/xaviervillalba/publieng.html
Author: Xavier Villalba
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Homepage: http://seneca.uab.es/xaviervillalba
Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Catalan-Valencian-Balear
Abstract: The main hypothesis of this paper is that certain exclamative constructions in Catalan (que-exclamatives) involve a null exclamative degree operator. It is shown that, when combined with Kayne's (2002) insights concerning English preposition of and its French counterpart de, a principled and unified explanation follows not only for que-exclamatives but for the related com-exclamatives as well. Empirical and theoretical arguments are provided for deriving the presence of the marker de ('of') as a VP-external preposition from the existence of a quantificational structure, and that of the partitive clitic en/ne from the necessity of providing the null exclamative operator with a content.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Lingua 113: 713-745
URL: http://seneca.uab.es/xaviervillalba/publieng.html


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