A biclausal account of Clitic Left-Dislocations with epithets in Rioplatense Spanish

Bruno Estigarribia
2020 Glossa  
Clitic Left-Dislocations with Epithets in Rioplatense Spanish (CLLD+ep) are sentences with three apparently co-referential direct object constituents: a clitic-left-dislocated topic DP (DP-LD), a clitic (CL) and a post-verbal epithet (DP-ep). Previous studies have proposed that the DP-ep is licensed in-situ as Clitic Doubling and the DP-LD base-generated, or that the DP-ep and the DP-LD are licensed together in a predicative small clause doubled by the clitic. However, data where the DP-LD and
more » ... here the DP-LD and the CL are singular but co-occur with a plural DP-ep cast doubt on previous analyses. Here, I explore an analysis of CLLD+ep as an underlyingly biclausal structure subject to deletions. The biclausal structure allows a plural epithet to refer to the plural restrictor set of a syntactically singular quantifier in a previous clause. 1 To avoid terminological confusion, I use the label clitic-left-dislocat(ed/ion) in keeping with Cinque (1990 ), Suñer (2006 and López (2009). The first DP in the construction studied here is not a hanging topic (see 2 below). Agreement features are glossed once for the whole DP. The English translations attempt to render aspects of the information structure of the Spanish examples, but no such equivalence is necessarily present regarding syntactic structure. All judgments are mine (Rioplatense native speaker) or those of the authors cited. 2 In Rioplatense Spanish, clitics are accusative iff they are direct objects.
doi:10.5334/gjgl.1008 fatcat:3r3pmerjb5fgriczpfnuyyq3ry