Romance Syntax, Semantics and L2 Acquisition

Romance Syntax, Semantics and L2 Acquisition : Selected papers from the 30th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, Gainesville, Florida, February 2000

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This volume contains a selection of refereed and revised papers, originally presented at the 30th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages, representing the areas of syntax, semantics, their interfaces, and second language acquisition. The topics addressed include movement (both wh- and head-movement), control, issues of second language acquisition related to the Determiner Phrase, the effect of word order and syntactic simplification in second language acquisition, adverbials, syntactic constraints on access to lexical structure, a semantic characterization of the subjunctive in Spanish, and impersonal constructions and impersonal reflexive pronouns. The papers in this volume not only discuss issues related to most of the major Romance languages (French, Italian, Portuguese, Rumanian and Spanish) and a Portuguese Creole, but also include comparisons with languages from other families (Marathi, Bulgarian, Polish and Slovenian). This collection of papers illustrates the richness in the field of Romance linguistics and the value of cross-linguistic research and multi-modular approaches.show more

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  • Hardback | 258 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 19.05mm | 585g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110788
  • 9781588110787

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgments; 2. List of contributors; 3. Romance Syntax, Semantics, and L2 Acquisition (by Camps, Joaquim); 4. A Class of "Lite" Adverbs in French (by Abeille, Anne); 5. Adjective Position and Interpretation in L2 French (by Anderson, Bruce); 6. French Complex Inversion in the Light of a Minimalist Program (by Boeckx, Cedric); 7. Optionality, Presupposition, and WH-in-situ in French (by Boeckx, Cedric); 8. Word Order Shift and Natural L2 Acquisition in a Portuguese Creole (by Clements, J. Clancy); 9. Unaccusativity and the Impersonal Construction of French (by Cummins, Sarah); 10. Shifting the DP Parameter: A study of Anglophone French L2ers (by Gess, Randall); 11. Constraint Demotion and Null-Subjects in Spanish L2 Acquisition (by LaFond, Larry L.); 12. Temporal Location of Events and the Distribution of the Romance Counterparts of since-Adverbials (by Moia, Telmo); 13. PRO, Movement and Binding in Portuguese (by Pires, Acrisio); 14. On Impersonal Reflexives in Romance and Slavic and Semantic Variation (by Rivero, Maria Luisa); 15. The Role of Syntactic Modifications on L2 Oral Comprehension (by Sagarra, Nuria); 16. Syntactic Constraints on Access to Lexical Structure: The case of ficar (by Schmitt, Cristina); 17. A comparative Semantics for the Subjunctive Mood in Spanish (by Villalta, Elisabeth); 18. Index of Terms & Conceptsshow more