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The Verbal Complex in RomanceA Case Study in Grammatical Interfaces$
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Paola Monachesi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199274758

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274758.001.0001

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Syntax and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Auxiliary Verbs

Syntax and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Auxiliary Verbs

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(p.131) 4 Syntax and its Interfaces: The Case of Romance Auxiliary Verbs
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The Verbal Complex in Romance
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Paola Monachesi (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199274758.003.0004

This chapter discusses the interface between syntax and argument structure. It considers a case study of a particular kind of complex predicate, that is, Romance auxiliaries. It focuses on Romanian auxiliaries, whose properties are compared with those of Italian, French, and Portuguese auxiliaries on one hand, and with those of Bulgarian and Macedonian auxiliaries on the other. The chapter proposes that an appropriate labor division between syntactic structure and argument structure can manage the idiosyncratic behavior of Romance tense auxiliaries, which has the status of simple clitics. It considers the role of argument structure in dealing with clitic climbing and argues whether syntax exists as an autonomous module of the grammar or whether it acts merely as an interface between form and meaning.

Keywords:   clitic climbing, syntax, argument structure, complex predicate, Romance auxiliaries, Balkan auxiliaries, Italian auxiliaries, French auxiliaries, Romanian auxiliaries, Bulgarian auxiliaries

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