Chapter 1. Left Dislocation phenomena in Old Spanish

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It is common in the synchronic literature on Modern Spanish to distinguish so-called Hanging Topic Left Dislocations from Clitic Left Dislocations on the basis of syntactic properties such as the category of the left-dislocate, island sensitivity, the distribution of these structures etc. This paper scrutinizes the posited syntactic properties of these Left Dislocations for Old Spanish in comparison to Modern Spanish. It is demonstrated that Left Dislocations in Old Spanish differ considerably from the Modern Spanish ones, for example in their sensitivity to syntactic islands. The distinction between Hanging Topic Left Dislocations and Clitic Left Dislocations becomes thus difficult to uphold for Old Spanish given the current criteria.


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