This article brings new evidence to the fore supporting the hypothesis that the architecture of the DP domain mirrors that of the sentence, particularly concerning the topic-focus articulation. To fulfill this task a Spanish nominal construction (the lo-de construction) is analyzed on a pair with comparative qualitative binominal noun phrases (QBNPs). A wide bulk of evidence is presented that these constructions have a subject-predicate configuration, and involve predicate raising to a Focus Phrase, yielding a partition of the sentence where the predicate is focus, and the subject, a background topic. This proposal provides an accurate explanation of a wide range of mostly unattested data, particularly concerning the wide and complex set of referential restrictions involved in the l o-de construction and in Spanish QBNPs. Moreover, it is argued that the 'exclamatory flavor' of the lo-de construction results from the combination of a degree quantificational structure with the definiteness value of the highest Det head. This proposal is argued to offer a simple solution to the restriction of this construction to factive predicates. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- Degree quantification
- Subject-predicate relation