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Language Patterns in Spanish and Beyond
Structure, Context and Development

ISBN 9780367550653
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
368 Pages 103 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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


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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.