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An F Projection in Cibeño Dominican Spanish
Timothy Gupton and Sarah Lowman
338-348 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This article tests the claim in the literature that the presence of the overt expletive ello in Caribbean varieties of Spanish is indicative of a parametric change in progress from null-subject language to otherwise. The authors compare the syntactic characteristics associated with the overt expletive ello in Cibeño Dominican Spanish (CDS) with those associated with overt expletives in partial null-subject languages as well as non-null-subject languages. The results suggest that CDS behaves more like archaic Ibero-Romance null-subject languages than any other language type. Given the behavior of ello in matrix and subordinate clauses, the authors propose that ello appears in the Spec of an "active F/Fin" projection and encodes speaker-related features, or a logophoric center, which must be licensed by the head of F/Fin.

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Selected Proceedings of the 16th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Jennifer Cabrelli Amaro, Gillian Lord, Ana de Prada Pérez, and Jessi Elana Aaron
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