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In Situ Focus in Caribbean Spanish: Towards a Unified Account of Focus
José Camacho
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This paper analyzes a cleft construction available in Caribbean and Colombian varieties of Spanish where a copular verb is placed immediately before the focused constituent, which must be last in the clause. It is argued that the copular verb heads a Focus projection adjoined to the right-periphery of VP, yielding a syntactic structure that directly maps to the logical form proposed for focus. The account is extended to other cleft-focus constructions available in other varieties of Spanish.

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Selected Proceedings of the 9th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Nuria Sagarra and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
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