Dominican 'ello' as a non-deleted null expletive

Carlos Muñoz Pérez

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7557/1.3.1.2945

Keywords

Dominican Spanish; overt expletive; null subjects; syntactic variation

Abstract

The Spanish variety spoken in the dominican region of El Cibao (DSEC) has an expletive pronoun ello which is optative and seems to be devoid of any semantic value. This squib aims to present an analysis for this expletive in line with the Strong Uniformity Hypothesis of Chomsky (2001): ello would be nothing but a non-deleted instance of an expletive null subject. The distribution and optionality of this expletive follow from the instability of a definiteness feature in the pronominal expletives of this variety.

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