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Evidence for Multidominance in Spanish Agentive Nominalizations*

Antonio Fábregas

in Ways of Structure Building

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199644933
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741609 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644933.003.0004

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Evidence for Multidominance in Spanish Agentive Nominalizations*

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Since the work of Gärtner (1997), the view that each node in a tree structure is the representation of a set has been pursued by some authors (Starke 2001, 2004; Citko 2005, inter alia). The purpose of this chapter is to provide evidence for this view of structures. The relevant data involve Spanish agent nominalizations, where the affix responsible for the change of category is sensitive and cancels an argument position that is otherwise required by the affix. In a multidominance account, the affixes that cancel an argument are introduced in the position which that argument requires inside the verbal structure in such a way that argument cancellation amounts to structural incompatibility. At a later step, the affix remerges on top of the verbal structure, thus projecting as a whole phrase with the verb as its complement, in such a way that the category of the set becomes nominal.

Keywords: remerge; multidominance; nominalization; agent noun; Spanish; argument structure; syntactic analysis

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Subjects: Linguistics

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