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Towards a unified treatment of Spanish copulas

Towards a unified treatment of Spanish copulas

Arche, Maria J., Fábregas, Antonio and Marín, Rafael (2017) Towards a unified treatment of Spanish copulas. In: Perpiñán, Silvia, Heap, David, Moreno-Villamar, Itziri and Soto-Corominas, Adriana, (eds.) Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory. Selected Proceedings of LSRL, 11 (44). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 33-52. ISBN 978-9027203915 (doi:

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This paper sets the basis for a uniform account of the alternation between the two Spanish copulas (ser and estar) in adjectival and passive clauses. While the copular contrast has been attributed to the different properties of adjectives (e.g. individual vs. stage level) and to an eventive vs. resultative stative dichotomy in passives, this work shows that they all behave alike regarding their temporal interpretation. We derive such uniformity from the syntactic properties of the copulas themselves: estar, includes an additional component ser lack that makes everything it merges with stative, with particular temporoaspectual properties.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The 44th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, 2-4 May, 2014.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Copulas; Spanish; Ser; Estar; Aspect; Temporal interpretation; Syntax-semantics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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