The preference for The postposition of definite subjects in unaccusative constructions. A hitherto unnoticed feature of North-Western Catalan On The basis of The data shown in map 1 of The Atles lingüístic del domini català («Tinc rodaments de cap»), which displays numerous constructions of The Type «El cap em roda» /«Em roda el cap», I show how The North-Western variety of Catalan, in contrast To other dialects, presents a clear preference for placing definite subjects in unaccusative constructions in postverbal position. I attempt To explain This phenomenon by relating it To The specific behaviour of Fabra's Type-IV constructions of North-Western Catalan, in which There is no number agreement between The verb and The indefinite plural noun phrase -a fact pointed out by Solà (1973, 1987, 1994, 1999), studied by Rigau (1992, 1997a, 1997b) and delimited Territorially by Alonso i Suïls (1998).
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2011|
- Atles lingüístic del domini català
- Dialectal syntactic variation
- North-Western Catalan
- Postposition of subject
- Unaccusative constructions