Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

On disjunctive dependencies

Ignacio Bosque, Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de Filología. Departamento de Lengua Español


This paper argues that some Spanish syntactic structures contain lexically selected null wh- disjunctive operators, and that a number of apparent subordinate declarative clauses turn out to be hidden indirect questions. It also argues that these operators appear in sentential adjuncts as well, giving rise to a variety of so-called unconditional structures. It is shown that disjunctive phrases in structures with selected and unselected null wh- operators are subject to similar locality conditions. In the final section, new arguments are presented in favour of analyzing disjunctive expressions as a variant of free-choice phrases in certain contexts.

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