The Syntactic Variation of Spanish Dialects


This book offers a comprehensive overview of the syntactic variation of the dialects of Spanish. More precisely, it covers Spanish theoretical syntax that takes as its data source non-standard grammatical phenomena.

Approaching the syntactic variation of Spanish dialects opens a door not only to the intricacies of the language, but also to a set of challenges of linguistic theory itself, including language variation, language contact, bilingualism, and diglossia. The volume is divided into two main sections, the first focusing on Iberian Spanish and the second on Latin American Spanish. Chapters cover a wide range of syntactic constructions and phenomena, such as clitics, agreement, subordination, differential object marking, expletives, predication, doubling, word order, and subjects.

This volume constitutes a milestone in the study of syntactic variation, setting the stage for future work not only in vernacular Spanish, but all languages.

Table of Contents

I. European Spanish
1. Differential Object Marking and clitic dubspecification in Catalonian Spanish
Francisco Ordóñez and Francesc Roca
2. Mass / count distinctions in Ibero-Romance dialects
Inés Fernández-Ordóñez
3. Empty Categories and Clitics
Juan Romero
4. Dialectal variation in clitic placement in Andalusian and Asturian Spanish negative
infinitival imperatives
Julio Villa-García
5. Polarity questions with fronted foci in the Spanish of the Basque Country
Aritz Irurtzun
6. Causativity in Southern Peninsular Spanish
Ángel Jiménez-Fernández and Mercedes Tubino-Blanco

II. American Spanish
7. Citic doubling in a doubling world. The case of Argentinean Spanish reconsidered
Ángela Di Tullio, Andrés Saab, and Pablo Zdrojewski
8. Syntactic phenomena in Peruvian Spanish
Miguel Rodríguez-Mondoñedo
9. Contrastive focus in Yucatecan Spanish
Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo, Carlos Martín Sobrino, and Melanie Uth
10. Caribbean Spanish and theoretical syntax. An overview.
Ignacio Bosque and José M. Brucart
11. On left-peripheral expletives in Central Colombian Spanish
José Camacho
12. Reportative que in Mexican Spanish
Esthela Treviño

Subject Index
Language Index


Author Information

Ángel J. Gallego is Professor Agregat at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, a member of the Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, and an ICREA Acadèmia researcher. His research focuses on areas of theoretical syntax and linguistic variation, and Romance languages.


Ignacio Bosque, Universidad Complutense de Madrid / Real Academia Española, Spain
José M. Brucart, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
José Camacho, Rutgers University, USA
Inés Fernández-Ordóñez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid / Real Academia Española, Spain
Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo, El Colegio de México, Mexico
Aritz Irurtzun, Centre de Recherche sur la Langue et les Textes Basques / Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Ángel Jiménez-Fernández, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
Carlos Martín Sobrino, El Colegio de México, Mexico
Francisco Ordóñez, Stony Brook University, USA
Francesc Roca, Universitat de Girona, Spain
Miguel Rodríguez-Mondoñedo, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Peru
Juan Romero, Universidad de Extremadura, Spain
Andrés Saab, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas / Instituto de Filología y Literaturas Hispánicas Dr. Amado Alonso / Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Esthela Treviño, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico
Mercedes Tubino-Blanco, Western Michigan University, USA
Ángela Di Tullio, Instituto de Filología y Literaturas Hispánicas Dr. Amado Alonso / Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Melanie Uth, Universität zu Köln, Germany
Julio Villa-García, University of Manchester, England
Pablo Zdrojewski, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento / Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina




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