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

Abstract

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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