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A Constructionist Approach to Adjectival Interpretative Properties
Juan Martín
231-241 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper argues that there are three different adjectival syntactic positions in Spanish. The first position is a prenominal position dominated by NP with an intensional interpretation. The second is a postnominal position external to the NP, but internal to the DP dominating the NP. The adjective occupying this position has a subsective interpretation. The third is a postnominal position external to the DP dominating the noun with an intersective interpretation. This third adjectival phrase is selected by a non-overt determiner. Such interpretative distinctions among adjectives are therefore reduced to the syntactic component, rendering unnecessary a lexical analysis of adjectival polysemy. Thus, in accordance with minimalist and constructionist tenets, this proposal reduces the burden on the lexical component, since the syntactic analysis is independently necessary.

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Selected Proceedings of the 11th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Joseph Collentine, Maryellen García, Barbara Lafford, and Francisco Marcos Marín
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