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Spanish Clitic Left Dislocation as a Non-quantificational A’-movement

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Authors
Lee, Man-Ki
Issue Date
2016
Publisher
Language Education Research Center, Seoul National University
Citation
Language Research, Vol.52 No.2, pp. 283-310
Keywords
left dislocationfocalizationreduplicated cliticsquantificationA’-movementSpanish
Abstract
This paper argues that the Spanish Clitic Left Dislocation (CLLD) must be analyzed as a movement account, not as a base-generation one. Specifically, this study provides a novel analysis of the Spanish CLLD constructions by means of combining two explicit derivational steps: A-movement and A’-movement that take place successively throughout different phasal domains (vP and CP). In the first step, A-movement is realized, and as a result of [+Case] and [+Specific/+Presuppositional] features checking between the DP constituent and the light verb v, a reduplicated clitic is spelled-out. In the second step, the dislocated constituent, which is not a quantifier but a referential DP, moves up to the left periphery to check its [+Contrastive Topic] feature with the TopP. Our analysis gives a plausible explication of the issues involved in the Spanish CLLD, such as clitic reduplication, weak crossover effect, parasitic gap, syntactic island, etc., drawing on well-justified arguments. It is claimed that the CLLD is different from the typical A’-movement construction such as the Wh-question or the contrastive focus fronting, since the CLLD is not a quantificational movement that enters into the operator-variable configuration. Instead, CLLD in Spanish involves displacement of a referential DP to the left periphery of the sentence through its reduplicated pronominal clitic, characterizing this derivation as a non-quantificational A’-movement.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/97058
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