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Depictive secondary predicates in Spanish and the relative/absolute distinction

Gumiel-Molina, Silvia, Norberto Moreno-Quibén, and Isabel Pérez-Jiménez. 2016. “Depictive Secondary Predicates in Spanish and  the Relative/Absolute Distinction.” In Romance Linguistics 2013. Selected Papers from the 43rd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), New York, 17-19 April, 2013, edited by Christina Tortora, Marcel den Dikken, Ignacio Montoya, and Teresa O’Neill, 139–58. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 9. John Benjamins. 10.1075/rllt.9.08gum.

Depictive secondary predicates in Spanish and the relative/absolute distinction.

Keywords: absolute adjective, relative adjective, predication, Spanish

This study accounts for the unacceptability of individual-level gradable adjectives as depictive secondary predicates on the basis of two factors: a) the semantics of gradable adjectives and b) the pragmatic inference of temporal persistence.

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