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Absolute Constructions: Telicity, Abstract Case, and Micro-variation
James V. Bruno
264-274 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper demonstrates that there is a connection between telicity and DP-licensing in absolute constructions in Spanish and Italian. The central claim is that absolute constructions are a projection of an Inner-Aspect head that both Case-marks the DP and ensures a telic interpretation of the predicate. It is argued that the connection between telicity and DP-licensing provides evidence that Abstract Case exists in Universal Grammar.

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Selected Proceedings of the 13th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Luis A. Ortiz-López
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