Spanish lo(s)-le(s) Clitic Alternations in Psych Verbs: A Multifactorial Corpus-Based Analysis
Viola G. Miglio, Stefan Th. Gries, Michael J. Harris, Eva M. Wheeler, and Raquel Santana-Paixão
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This paper analyzes Spanish biactant clauses with psych verbs (verbs expressing mental states and psychological processes) that participate in inverse (or 'reverse') constructions, i.e. where the arguments are not the typical agent and patient, but rather an experiencer and a stimulus, such as in agradar 'to please', gustar 'to like', and molestar 'to bother'. Specifically, the paper studies the (synchronic) alternations between le/lo clitics for 55 verb types behaving like molestar in a large Spanish corpus (Mark Davies's Corpus del Español, 2002-) with a generalized linear mixed-effects model that includes both fixed-effect predictors such as animacy, syntactic shape of the stimulus, verb tense and mood, as well as regional varieties, genres and random effect for authors and verbs.
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