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The syntactic position of the perceived participant as indicator of the internal structure of the Spanish and French infinitival complement

Renata Enghels UGent (2009) Linguistics. 47(3). p.759-791
abstract
In most Indo-European languages, the direct perception of an event is represented by the construction [perceiver NP1 + perception verb + perceived participant NP2 + infinitive]. In Spanish and in French, the position of the perceived participant varies: it can be anteposed or postposed to the infinitive. This article examines the factors which determine the syntactic position of the perceived participant NP2. Based on a large corpus - containing about 4000 infinitival constructions - it is shown that, although at first sight Spanish and French prefer different basic word orders, a more universal conceptual parameter explains some striking analogies between the two languages, namely the modality of perception of the main verb. Quantitative research is used to demonstrate that due to the "objectival" character of visual perception, the internal structure of the infinitival complement after ver/voir and mirar/regarder is prototypically of non propositional nature, whereas the "eventive" character of auditory perception explains the propositional structure of the infinitival complement subordinated to oir/entendre and escuchar/ecouter. These different internal structures explain word order in the infinitival complement.
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journalArticle (original)
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published
subject
keyword
Spanish, infinitival complement, French, Perception verbs
journal title
Linguistics
Linguistics
volume
47
issue
3
pages
759 - 791
publisher
Mouton de Gruyter.
place of publication
Berlin ; GERMANY
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000267637700008
JCR category
LINGUISTICS
JCR impact factor
0.561 (2009)
JCR rank
56/92 (2009)
JCR quartile
3 (2009)
ISSN
0024-3949
1613-396X
DOI
10.1515/LING2009.025
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
670948
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-670948
date created
2009-05-28 15:41:20
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2015-06-17 11:13:05
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This article examines the factors which determine the syntactic position of the perceived participant NP2. Based on a large corpus - containing about 4000 infinitival constructions - it is shown that, although at first sight Spanish and French prefer different basic word orders, a more universal conceptual parameter explains some striking analogies between the two languages, namely the modality of perception of the main verb. Quantitative research is used to demonstrate that due to the {\textacutedbl}objectival{\textacutedbl} character of visual perception, the internal structure of the infinitival complement after ver/voir and mirar/regarder is prototypically of non propositional nature, whereas the {\textacutedbl}eventive{\textacutedbl} character of auditory perception explains the propositional structure of the infinitival complement subordinated to oir/entendre and escuchar/ecouter. These different internal structures explain word order in the infinitival complement.},
  author       = {Enghels, Renata},
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  journal      = {Linguistics},
  keyword      = {Spanish,infinitival complement,French,Perception verbs},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {759--791},
  publisher    = {Mouton de Gruyter.},
  title        = {The syntactic position of the perceived participant as indicator of the internal structure of the Spanish and French infinitival complement},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/LING2009.025},
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Chicago
Enghels, Renata. 2009. “The Syntactic Position of the Perceived Participant as Indicator of the Internal Structure of the Spanish and French Infinitival Complement.” Linguistics 47 (3): 759–791.
APA
Enghels, R. (2009). The syntactic position of the perceived participant as indicator of the internal structure of the Spanish and French infinitival complement. Linguistics, 47(3), 759–791.
Vancouver
1.
Enghels R. The syntactic position of the perceived participant as indicator of the internal structure of the Spanish and French infinitival complement. Linguistics. Berlin ; GERMANY: Mouton de Gruyter.; 2009;47(3):759–91.
MLA
Enghels, Renata. “The Syntactic Position of the Perceived Participant as Indicator of the Internal Structure of the Spanish and French Infinitival Complement.” Linguistics 47.3 (2009): 759–791. Print.