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Linguistic Inquiry

Fall 2016, Vol. 47, No. 4, Pages 723-739
(doi: 10.1162/LING_a_00229)
© 2016 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Parallel Derivation of Spanish Depictive Secondary Predication
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The depictive secondary predication construction has two subject-predicate relationships in one clause, providing two propositional interpretations. This article proposes that the primary predication, which consists of a main verb, and the secondary predication, made up of a secondary predicate, are simultaneously derived in separate derivational planes; this proposal reflects a property of the secondary predicate that is not included in the θ-grid of the primary predicate. The idea of using Parallel Merge to merge these two planes that share a common element allows us to understand the secondary predication construction in a novel way.