Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 July 2000

288 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195133042

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Infinitive Constructions with Specified Subjects

A Syntactic Analysis of the Romance Languages

Guido Mensching

Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Most Romance languages permit the overt realization of the grammatical subject in infinitive clauses in a considerable number of configurations. Mensching has the following goals: to systematically describe Romance infinitive constructions with specified subjects, taking into account diachronic and dialectical varieties; and then to interpret these facts within a generative framework, examining how over subjects in infinitive clauses are licensed and what determines their case and position. His findings call for a thorough revision of the principles that have been assumed for analyzing the Romance languages. Mensching uses eight Romance languages in his comparisons, among them, Italian, Sardinian, Romanian, Spanish, and Portuguese.