1st Edition

Language Patterns in Spanish and Beyond Structure, Context and Development

Edited By Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana, Sandro Sessarego Copyright 2021
    368 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    368 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The scholarly articles included in this volume represent significant contributions to the fields of formal and descriptive syntax, conversational analysis and speech act theory, as well as language development and bilingualism. Taken together, these studies adopt a variety of methodological techniques—ranging from grammaticality judgments to corpus-based analysis to experimental approaches—to offer rich insights into different aspects of Ibero-Romance grammar.

    The volume consists of three parts, organized in accordance with the topics treated in the chapters they comprise. Part I focuses on structural patterns, Part II analyzes pragmatic ones, and Part III investigates the acquisition of linguistic aspects found in the speech of L1, L2 and heritage speakers. The authors address these issues by relying on empirically rooted linguistic approaches to data collection, which are coupled with current theoretical assumptions on the nature of sentence structure, discourse dynamics and language acquisition.

    The volume will be of interest to anyone researching or studying Hispanic and Ibero-Romance linguistics.

    Table of Contents


    Part I – Syntactic patterns

    Chapter 1. Argument and adjunct coordination in Spanish

    by Michael Wilson and Rong Yin

    Chapter 2. The interaction of parasitic gaps and adjunct control in Spanish

    by Katie VanDyne

    Chapter 3. "¿Qué traes güey?": An analysis of Spanish clausal possession

    by Christian Ruvalcaba

    Chapter 4. Invariable qué-questions (IQQs) in Spanish

    by Javier Fernández Sánchez and Alfredo García Pardo

    Chapter 5. Verbless DP interrogative constructions and enclisis in Galician

    by Brian M. Gravely, Jr. and Timothy M. Gupton

    Chapter 6. Leísmo: One le or two?

    by Adolfo Ausín and Francisco J. Fernández-Rubiera

    Part II - Pragmatic patterns

    Chapter 7. What’s courteous about leísmo?

    by Adolfo Ausín

    Chapter 8. Verbless exclamatives in Spanish beyond the syntax-semantics interface: a pragmatic account

    by Melvin González Rivera

    Chapter 9. The meaning of y tó: conventional implicatures in Puerto Rican Spanish

    by Nieves Rivera

    Chapter 10. Exploring extended focus and meaning in Chilean Spanish intonational plateau contours

    by Brandon M.A. Rogers, Rajiv Rao and Matthew Burner

    Chapter 11. The intonation of yes-no questions in Basque Spanish

    by Carolina González and Lara Reglero

    Part III - Acquisition patterns

    Chapter 12. How preschoolers acquire the null-overt contrast in Mexican Spanish: evidence from production

    by Hannah Forsythe, Dan Greeson and Cristina Schmitt

    Chapter 13. Acquisition of null subjects by heritage children and child L2 learners

    by Michele Goldin

    Chapter 14. Demonstratives in Spanish: children’s developing conceptualization of interactive space

    by Naomi L. Shin and Jill P. Morford

    Chapter 15. The production of ser and estar in Catalan/Spanish bilingual children

    by Alejandro Cuza and Pedro Guijarro-Fuentes

    Chapter 16. Frequency and semantic prototypicality in L2 Spanish learners’ dative constructions

    by David Abugaber



    Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana is Instructor of Linguistics and Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Louisiana State University, USA.

    Sandro Sessarego is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

    Winner of the silver medal for Best Reference Book, the silver medal for Best eBook, and the Honorable Mention in the Best Academic Themed Book, College Level - Spanish at the 2023 International Latino Book Awards.