The Semantics of the Spanish Adjective Positions: a Matter of Focus

Research in Language

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Title The Semantics of the Spanish Adjective Positions: a Matter of Focus
Creator Dam, Lotte
Subject cognitive linguistics
instructional semantics
Spanish adjective position
Description This paper presents a hypothesis about Spanish adjective position that accounts for different occurrences in language use. The hypothesis is based on the idea that the modifier position itself is a meaningful sign and that the meaning of the modifier position is related to focus: the postnominal modifier creates focus, whereas the prenominal modifier does not create focus. Drawing on the analysis of examples from a text corpus, the paper suggests that the proposed meaning of the two positions offers an account of various empirical phenomena. For example, it can explain why some adjectives are normally placed in one of the positions and why some adjectives change meaning according to their position.
Publisher Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego
Date 2018-06-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Format application/pdf
Source Research in Language; Vol. 16 No. 2 (2018); 223-241
Research in Language; Tom 16 Nr 2 (2018); 223-241
Language eng

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