Differential Object Marking: Quantitative Evidence for Underlying Hierarchical Constraints across Spanish Dialects
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The present paper is a variationist analysis of Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Spanish. The multivariate statistical program Goldvarb is used to analyze factors motivating DOM. Comparing the results across the three dialects, this paper provides quantitative evidence supporting an account for Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Spanish that is predicated on multiple factors. There is evidence of a shared hierarchy of factors with similar internal constraints in Animacy and NP form. Importantly, it is shown that DOM is sensitive to clausal characteristics, namely the relevance of Subject Animacy to a-marking.
Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Luis A. Ortiz-López
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