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This paper discusses apparent cases of Catalan and Spanish non-embedded clauses headed by the subordinating complementiser que ‘that’, sometimes referred to in the literature as cases of insubordination (Evans 2007, 2009). Three interpretatively distinct types of ‘insubordinate’ que are identified, but only one of these types, viz. quotative que, is shown to be formally identical to the subordinating complementiser. The other two types, viz. exclamative and conjunctive que, exhibit the formal behaviour of speech acts, following Krifka’s (2001, 2003) diagnostics. It is argued that, from a cartographic approach, the three types of ‘insubordinate’ que cannot be accommodated within the split CP, and that, given their formal properties, exclamative and conjunctive que are instead operative within an articulated layer above Force dedicated to encoding ‘speech act’ syntax, a domain argued for in Speas & Tenny (2003), Haegeman & Hill (2014), Haegeman (2014).
|Title of host publication||Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory|
|Subtitle of host publication||Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 29, Nijmegen|
|Editors||Janine Berns, Haike Jacobs, Dominique Nouveau|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing|
|ISBN (Print)||978-9027200655, 9027200653|
|Publication status||Published - 13 Jul 2018|
- Romance linguistics
- Theoretical linguistics
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