Chapter 3. Left forever

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The traditional approach to clitic doubling in Spanish has usually attempted an explanation for the absence or presence of redundant pronouns that is based on mechanisms related to discourse or the organization of information (topicalization, focus, contrast, etc.). These very same principles raise some problems when trying to explain clitic doubling in biargumental stative constructions whose person argument is expressed by a dative (<i>a mi padre le gusta el cine</i> &#8216;my father likes cinema&#8217;). This paper proposes a contrastive approach to specific cases of dative clitic doubling in stative constructions, which compares them with redundant uses of the dative pronoun in transitive constructions. This distinction leads to a better understanding of clitic doubling as agreement. The research is based on both synchronic and diachronic data.


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