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Deconstructing the subject condition in terms of cumulative constraint violation


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dc.creator Haegeman, Liliane
dc.creator Jiménez Fernández, Ángel Luis
dc.creator Radford, Andrew 2015-03-11T13:35:20Z 2015-03-11T13:35:20Z 2014
dc.identifier.issn 0167-6318 es
dc.description.abstract Chomsky (1973) attributes the island status of nominal subjects to the Subject Condition, a constraint specific to subjects. English and Spanish are interesting languages for the comparative study of extraction from subjects, because subjects in English are predominantly preverbal, whereas in Spanish they can be either preverbal or postverbal. In this paper we argue that the islandhood of subject DPs in both English and Spanish is not categorical. The degradation associated with extraction from subjects must be attributed to the interplay of a range of more general constraints which are not specific to subjects. We argue that the interaction of these constraints has a cumulative effect whereby the more constraints that are violated, the higher the degree of degradation that results. We also argue that some speakers have a greater tolerance for constraint violations than others, which would account for widespread inter-speaker judgment variability. es
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dc.language.iso eng es
dc.relation.ispartof The Linguistic Review, 31(1), 73-150 es
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internacional *
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dc.subject Subject islands es
dc.subject Subject positions es
dc.subject Cumulative constraint violation es
dc.subject Gradience es
dc.subject English es
dc.subject Spanish es
dc.title Deconstructing the subject condition in terms of cumulative constraint violation es
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article es
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoAccess es
dc.contributor.affiliation Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Filología Inglesa (Lengua Inglesa) es
dc.relation.publisherversion es
dc.identifier.doi 10.1515/tlr-2013-0022
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