Adjectival complements of transitive verbs in Spanish

Author: Gazdik, Anna
Source document: Linguistica Brunensia. 2017, vol. 65, iss. 1, pp. 7-20
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    1803-7410 (print)
    2336-4440 (online)
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This paper investigates verb-adjective constructions in Spanish in which the adjective appears in the complement position of a transitive verb: beber tinto, tocar Cubano, producir harto. It is shown that this construction is also possible in the case of strong transitive verbs (i.e. if the verb cannot appear without a complement). Based on Bartra – Suñer (1997), I argue that it is their semantic contribution that licenses these adjectives in this function. Furthermore, I also show that some adjectives are reanalyzed as an NP, or appear with an elliptical NP layer in syntax, whereas others fill the complement role directly as APs.
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