Word Order in Spanish and the Nature of Nominative Case

  • Maria Luisa Zubizarreta
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 45)


Much of the research on word order in Romance languages lump Spanish and Italian together and contrast them with French. Spanish and Italian, but not French, are said to allow “free inversion” of the subject. This view is based on the fact that “subject post-posing” in French is only possible in the presence of a triggering element, namely an operator in Comp (a wh-word or its trace) or a subjunctive mood (which might also be analyzed as an operator in Comp). Such a construction, illustrated in (1c-e), is known as stylistic-inversion.1


Word Order Direct Object Embed Clause Nominative Case Negative Polarity Item 
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  • Maria Luisa Zubizarreta
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  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA

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