Null Objects and Neuter lo: A Cross-Dialectal Variationist Analysis
Assela Reig Alamillo and Scott A. Schwenter
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This article examines a case of syntactic variation that has not been previously noted and studied: the Spanish neuter clitic lo and the null direct object (DO) in two monolingual dialects of the language: Mexican and Peninsular. Although the overall frequency of the phenomenon is similar in both dialects, the multivariable rule analysis of approximately 500 tokens per dialect, collected from 4 corpora, determine the factors that are significant to the occurrence of null direct objects and reveals that these are not the same in Mexico City and Madrid.
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