On SE syncretism in Spanish. From syntax to the interfaces
Andrés Saab
September 2019

This paper focuses on a pattern of systematic syncretism in Spanish se constructions. Detailed morpho-syntactic and semantic analyses are provided with the aim of sustaining three main theses. First, the common property behind this pattern is a syntactically unsatisfied subcategorization feature present in the Voice head, which is satisfied at PF through the introduction of the clitic se. Second, theta-roles are syntactic primitives that can be assigned in a long-distance fashion up to argument activity (aka syntactic visibility) plus some locality conditions. Third, at LF, theta-roles are semantically realized as functions from entities to event predicates (i.e., < e,< s, t >>) on K(ase) heads. This last thesis conceives of structural K as an argument introducer mediating between predicates (pure event properties) and arguments, whose particular semantics is syntactically determined; i.e., via allosemy. Version 9/19: Some typos corrected
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Reference: lingbuzz/004699
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keywords: case, theta-roles, se-constructions, spanish, syncretism, semantics, morphology, syntax
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