Some constructions in Catalan and Spanish have repeatedly presented empirical and theoretical problems for grammatical analysis, the reason being that they appear to be at the boundary between what is the faculty of language proper and the exernal sistems (i.e. intentional-conceptual systems or articulatory-perceptual systems). Among these constructions the following should be mentioned:idioms,intensive-modalized structures, presentational impersonalstructures, constructions that include anaphoric reference to sentences or abstract entities, structures containing light verbs, contractions and allomorphies, as well as constructions containing constituents that directly affect discourse interpretation.All of them are the object of our research in this coordinated project. In order to properly articulate different linguistic domains, we intend to characterize the primitive concept of grammatical feature and analize its function at the different grammatical levels.We will study which types of instructions linguístic features must provide to implement grammatical operations resulting in the phonetic and/or semantic interpretation of the relevant constructions, as well as their function as connective elements between the levels of grammar and the systems external to them.Different types of features will be identified, as well as the values they can take and the hierarchy in which they are articulated in order to characterize the grammatical phenomena mentioned above.
|Effective start/end date||19/12/00 → 19/12/03|