Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Dialect grammar of spanish from the perspective of the audible corpus of spoken rural spanish (or corpus oral y sonoro del español rural, coser)

Inés Fernández-Ordóñez


The Audible Corpus of Spoken Rural Spanish (or COSER after its Spanish abbreviation) is a corpus of oral interviews which aims to study dialect grammar in the Iberian Peninsula. In this paper COSER characteristics and methodology are described and compared to atlases regards the research of dialect grammar. Thanks to COSER, a number of Spanish dialect syntax aspects which were partially known or fully ignored have been researched: several pronominal paradigms, subjunctive displacement, and mass neuter agreement. Moreover, the geographical distribution of these aspects has been sometimes considerably broadened and traditional explanations have been replaced by new ones based on a better knowledge of the data. The study of dialect grammar has revealed as an important source for a better understanding of many cross-linguistic principles, like the Agreement Hierarchy, and opens up new ways to test their validity.

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