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A further argument for a syncretic analysis of DOM and dative in Spanish

Authors
  • Pérez, Carlos Muñoz
Type
Published Article
Journal
Topics in Linguistics
Publisher
Sciendo
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2020
Volume
21
Issue
1
Pages
62–73
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2478/topling-2020-0004
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

This paper offers an argument to analyse the Spanish form /a/ as a syncretic case marker for accusative differential object marking (dom) and dative. The literature on free relative clauses has established that syncretism allows the repair of feature mismatches arising from contradictory selectional requirements between the matrix and the embedded predicates. By combining clitic left dislocation constructions (CLLD) and free relatives, it is shown here that dom and dative grant the same repairing effect in Spanish, so it follows that they must be syncretic categories. The same type of configuration distinguishes the directional preposition a and the dative case marker, which is taken to indicate that these elements are mere homophones in the language. Furthermore, an analysis of the repairing effect of syncretism is offered.

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