Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

On the de + infinitive construction (deísmo) in spanish

Carlota de Benito, Enrique Pato


This paper aims at providing the first complete description of the de + infinitive construction in Peninsular Spanish. Previous works have either mentioned briefly its existence by locating it in some Southern dialects (Andalusia or Extremadura) or analysed the syntactic behaviour of the construction in small areas, and have seldom used data from exhaustive corpora. Using the currently available data from the Corpus Oral y Sonoro del Español Rural (COSER), we provide a precise geographical distribution of the phenomenon and a detailed description of the construction.


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