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Mapping the Left Periphery, the 5th quantity in "The Cartography of Syntactic Structures," is solely dedicated to the sensible articulation of the so-called complementizer method, the top a part of sentence constitution. The papers gathered the following determine, at the foundation of considerable empirical facts, new atoms of useful constitution, which encode particular beneficial properties which are mostly expressed within the left outer edge. the amount additionally submits the richly articulated CP constitution to extra crosslinguistic checking. The study offered the following has resulted in the identity of recent, vital regulations within the relative series of components showing within the left periphery.

With contributions from African languages, chinese language, Hungarian, Romance languages, and Italian dialects, Mapping the Left Periphery should be of curiosity to syntacticians engaged on comparative syntax, and extra in particular on Romance grammar.

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2), but I leave the question open. Further research is needed to reach a firmly grounded conclusion about this issue. To sum up: the comparative analysis of Catalan and Spanish sheds light on the grammatical behavior of Spanish bien, as well as on its counterparts in Romance languages. In particular, three conclusions can be reached from the data discussed in this section. First, Romance BIEN may be defined as a focal adverb that splits into a “high” and a “low” variety: the former is instantiated by Catalan bé and its 31.

25a)] [=(25b)] (27) a (Speaker A): Los artistas han cancelado la función. ’ b (Speaker B): (Pues) bien ha cantado la soprano. c (Speaker B): #(Pues) sí ha cantado la soprano. Crucial evidence supporting the implicit character of the negative expectation cancelled by bien comes from the fact that this adverb is ruled out when used to contradict a previous overt negative sentence. As the examples given in (28) show, only emphatic positive marker sí is allowed in this case:12 Despite the fact that the examples in (ii) and (iii) are all well formed, they are not equivalent in terms of their pragmatic appropriateness: the former examples qualify as felicitous responses to (i), whereas (iii) does not.

B (Speaker B): #Cómo ha cantado la soprano! ’ For further discussion about the properties of exclamatives, see, for example, Villalba (2000, 2004, 2008). ASSERTIVE BIEN IN SPANISH AND THE LEFT PERIPHERY 31 (28) a (Speaker A): La soprano no ha cantado. 13 c (Speaker B): #Bien ha cantado la soprano. [=(25b)] [=(25a)] To sum up, bien and sí are both emphatic positive markers. They reinforce what is asserted in a sentence by pushing its value to the axis of positive polarity. Moreover, both adverbs pattern alike in that they are discourse dependent.

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