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Vanderschueren, Clara

Infinitivo y sujeto en portugués y español

Un estudio empírico de los infinitivos adverbiales con sujeto explícito

[Infinitive and Subject in Portuguese and Spanish]

Series:Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie 377

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

99,95 € / $140.00 / £74.99*

Hardcover
Publication Date:
June 2013
ISBN
978-3-11-030195-3
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Overview

Aims and Scope

This volume sheds light upon one of the most emblematic constructions in Ibero-Romance: adverbial infinitives with specified subjects (e.g. al entrar Juan (Sp), para eles verem o resultado (Ptg)). The study attempts to fill an empirical gap and offers a cognitive-functional and comparative account on these constructions.
The first part provides an overview of the notions of infinitive, subject and adverbial clauses. The second part consists of two empirical case studies. First, the use of the Portuguese inflected infinitive is shown to be sensitive to factors as the mental accessibility of the infinitival subject, the syntactic-semantic autonomy of the clause, the verbal nature of the infinitive and clausal status of the construction. Second, Spanish and Portuguese infinitives with overt subjects are shown to have different properties: in Portuguese they are more complex and clause-like (having more prototypical subjects and infinitives closer to the verbal prototype), while Spanish infinitives with proper subjects have a simpler structure and are more nominal in nature.
More generally, this dissertation illustrates the flexible behaviour of the infinitive in different languages, even in two closely related languages.

Details

23 x 15.5 cm
xi, 353 pages
37 Fig. 77 Tables
DE GRUYTER MOUTON
Language:
Spanish
Type of Publication:
Monograph
Keyword(s):
Infinitive; Portuguese; Spanish
Readership:
Academics (Romance Studies, Linguistics), Libraries, Institutes

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Clara Vanderschueren, Ghent, Belgium.

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