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The Structure of Spanish Verbless Sentences

14 pagesPublished: November 28, 2016


Spanish verbless utterances in the CORDE corpus have been classified in a taxonomy and annotated for distribution frequency and syntactic properties (part of speech of the head, structure and syntactic type). This work has allowed to note that Spanish verbless utterances are a non-negligible part of oral utterances: they amount to around 19% of the 63,000 utterances from the corpus, both in root and subordinate contexts. Among these verbless utterances, fragments are significantly more frequent as roots than verbless clauses, but they are both equally rare in subordination.

Keyphrases: focus, peripheric, subject, syntax, topique, verbless sentences

In: Antonio Moreno Ortiz and Chantal Pérez-Hernández (editors). CILC2016. 8th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics, vol 1, pages 130--143

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Oscar Garcia-Marchena},
  title     = {The Structure of Spanish Verbless Sentences},
  booktitle = {CILC2016. 8th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics},
  editor    = {Antonio Moreno Ortiz and Chantal P\textbackslash{}'erez-Hern\textbackslash{}'andez},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics},
  volume    = {1},
  pages     = {130--143},
  year      = {2016},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2398-5283},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/8tcg}}
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