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Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics

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Cuantificación e intensificación: algunas notas sobre re e ité en el español del Cono Sur

Laura Kornfeld
Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2012-1120

Abstract

It is the purpose of this paper to analyze the grammatical behavior of two elements of Southern Cone Spanish described in the relevant literature as affixes: re and ité. Both share a number of morphological, syntactic, and semantic properties. For instance, they may be combined with different categorial classes (adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, verbs, nouns, and sentences) and they receive a similar appreciative meaning (‘very’, ‘much’, ‘certainly’, ‘great’ or ‘true’, depending on the categorial combination). Besides, both are used in informal speech, in the Rio de la Plata Spanish, mainly among the young people (re), and in the Paraguaian Spanish in contact with Guarani (ité). The proposed analysis of these elements follows the lines of Distributed Morphology, intending to reduce both the number of lexical entries and the inventory of formal features in syntax. Additionally, we expect to make a contribution to the general discussion about the concepts of quantification and intensification.

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Published Online: 2015-03-20

Published in Print: 2012-03-01


Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 71–102, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2012-1120.

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