Dom as a syntax-pragmatics interface marker Evidence from Catalan

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Abstract

© John Benjamins Publishing Company. Building on the display of dom in Catalan and focusing on the Balearic variety, this paper explores this phenomenon arguing for a discourse-driven marking, showing that the assumption that semantic hierarchies as crucial triggers for dom cannot be assumed anymore. We aim to present some ideas to address the correlation between prepositional markings and peripheral positions and to provide arguments for a syntax-pragmatics approach to dom in Clitic Dislocation. Our data shed light on the link between information structure – in particular, anaphoricity- and marked objects. This analysis would also account for other markers (i.e. de) available as a mechanism for signalling the same [+anaphoric] feature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-81
Number of pages26
JournalLingvisticae Investigationes
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Catalan
  • DIFFERENTIAL OBJECT MARKING
  • RIGHT DISLOCATION
  • ROMANCE
  • TOPICALITY
  • accusative case
  • clitic dislocation
  • differential object marking
  • information structure

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