On verbal duplication in River Plate Spanish

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This paper focuses on the morphosyntax of a kind of verbal duplication attested in River Plate Spanish (e.g. <i>Ven&#237; ac&#225;, ven&#237;</i> Lit: &#8216;come here come&#8217;). One striking property of this construction is that it requires that the duplicated verbs not be adjacent. I show that verbal duplication in River Plate Spanish instantiates a case of head copy realization and that the observed anti-adjacency effect reflects an underlying condition on non-pronunciation of heads in general. Some cases of head copy realization under apparent adjacency are independently accounted for once parts of words cannot be subject to morphological ellipsis.


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