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3. Spanish (de)queisimo: Part/whole alternation and viewing arrangement

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Abstract

The introduction situates the approach taken and presents the structure of the paper (Section 1). The classical definition of <i>(de)queísmo </i>serves as starting point (Section 2). The analysis is done in terms of viewing arrangement (Section 3) and of part/whole alternation (Section 4). By considering the head elements one by one, i.e., adjectives and nouns as well as verbs, it is possible to arrive at a global view on the variation (Section 5). The distribution of the verbs in frequency classes according to the <i>Ø/de </i>alternation confirms the predominance of the internal perspective (<i>Ø</i>) and suggests that the minority choice (<i>de</i>) of the external perspective is also systematic and structurally motivated (Section 6). The conceptual difference is further corroborated in the translation (Section 7). Finally, the semantic import of the <i>Ø/de </i>alternation should not be confounded with the inferences it contributes to canalize regarding the attitude of the speaker (Section 8).

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