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Spanish Subcomparatives: The "Obligatory Gapping" Strategy
Lara Reglero
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This paper examines the curious behavior exhibited by Comparative Subdeletion (CS) constructions in Spanish. On the surface, one could claim that Spanish does not allow CS constructions (Snyder, 1995). This claim can be easily falsified. The correct generalization emerging from the data is the following: Spanish does not allow CS in the same way English does. However, Spanish allows CS constructions if the verb undergoes obligatory gapping in the subcomparative clause. Following Lasnik's (1995) analysis of pseudogapping, the Spanish data is explained by appealing to the idea that there is an offending strong feature that needs to be checked. It is proposed that the derivation can be rescued by deleting the strong feature in PF.

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