An exceptional exclamative sentence type in Romance

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The main hypothesis of this paper is that certain exclamative constructions in Catalan (que-exclamatives) involve a null degree operator. It is shown that, when this analysis combines with Kayne's (Kayne, R., 2002. On some prepositions that look DP-internal: English of and French de. Ms, New York University) 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 degree operator with a content. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)713-745
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2003


  • Degree modification
  • Exclamative sentence
  • Null operator
  • Sentence type


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