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Syntactic reflexes of information structure in heritage Spanish: Evidence from psych-predicate constructions

Inmaculada Gómez Soler
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Published Online: 2016-11-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/iral-2015-0036

Abstract

This study examines the status of discourse-dependent syntactic properties in Spanish heritage grammars. In particular, we focus on pragmatically-driven word order patterns with Spanish psychological predicates (e. g., gustar ‘to like’). The responses from 26 Spanish heritage speakers (as well as 8 bilingual native controls) to an aural pragmatic felicity task indicate that heritage speakers are sensitive to the nuanced discursive factors that regulate word order in Spanish psych-predicate constructions. These findings contribute to current debates over the status of interfaces in heritage grammars. Specifically, these results shed light on the factors that make certain syntax-discourse properties particularly prone to change while not others. This takes us to advocate for a finer-grained division of syntax-discourse constructions and their relation to learnability.

Keywords: heritage speaker acquisition; syntax-discourse interface; psych-verbs; given-before-new principle

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