This paper examines the syntactic and semantic structure of Spanish reciprocals such as casarse, 'marry', to show that they are unaccusative and telic predicates. Furthermore, the author shows that, despite appearances, the syntactic structure of derived reciprocals such as Se aman 'They love each other' is different from the structure of inherent reciprocals such as Se casaron 'They married'. To reach that aim, the author provides several unaccusativity and telicity tests. Given the relevance of aspect to differentiate between both types of reciprocal constructions, the author proposes that aspectual features must be included in the syntactic computation (Guéron 2005), to account for the complex structure of reciprocals. In addition, the paper provides evidence to show that the clitic of inherent reciprocals is an aspectual marker.
Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Chad Howe, Sarah E. Blackwell, and Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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