A guide to IL and SL in Spanish: Properties, problems and proposals

Antonio Fábregas

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7557/


Individual-level; stage-level; syntax; semantics; lexicon; predication


Abstract. This article provides with a state of the art of how the Individual Level / Stage Level distinction –and the related but distinct issue of the distribution of ser / estar– is instantiated in Spanish. We argue that the IL / SL distinction can be understood in two different ways: as a contrast between properties predicated of an individual or of a stage of that individual, and as a contrast between temporally persistent properties and temporary ones. The paper ends with a specific proposal about how to capture the distinction inside a structural system.



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