Demonstratives Pronouns in Spanish: a discourse-based study
Author: Iker Zulaica Hernández
Publisher: The Ohio State University
Publication date: 2007
Number of pages: 288
Format / Quality: PDF - Excellent
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Like other demonstrative expressions, Spanish neuter demonstrative pronouns can only be fully understood when we consider their essential discourse nature.
But what make these linguistic elements special when compared to other demonstratives is their very specific referential preferences. Neuter demonstrative pronouns ‘esto’, ‘eso’ and ‘aquello’ are commonly used in discourse to refer to a particular set of higher-order, discourse entities: the so-called abstract entities.
These include propositional objects and eventualities of various types that are frequently found within sentential limits. But other times, these semantic objects stretch beyond the sentence to be only found in larger pieces of discourse. These basic issues, largely ignored in the studies of Spanish linguistics so far, are fully addressed in this dissertation.
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