Chapter published in:Contemporary Trends in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics: Selected papers from the Hispanic Linguistic Symposium 2015
Edited by Jonathan E. MacDonald
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 15] 2018
► pp. 49–70
Variable clitic placement in US Spanish
This study examines clitic placement (CP) among US Spanish-speakers using data from two corpora: Corpus del Español en el Sur de Arizona (Carvalho, 2012–) and a corpus of interviews conducted in Roswell, Georgia (Wilson, 2013). Clitics were analyzed and coded for linguistic and social variables (e.g. specific construction, age of arrival). Results indicate an overall proclisis rate of 67%, which is similar to the rate reported for speakers in Mexico City (e.g. Davies, 1995). A subsequent multivariate analysis reveals that CP is significantly influenced by the specific construction used, the non-finite verb form, and the speakers’ age of arrival. This analysis lends support to the argument for the impermeability of CP to contact-induced change in Spanish (Silva-Corvalán & Gutiérrez, 1995).
Keywords: clitics, US Spanish, language contact, morphosyntactic variation
Published online: 14 February 2018
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(2012-) Corpus del Español en el Sur de Arizona (CESA). University of Arizona. Retrieved from https://cesa.arizona.edu
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