Since the advent of syntactic cartography, left sentence peripheries have begun to take center stage in linguistic research. Following the lead of Rizzi (1997), much work on left peripheries has been focused on Italian, whereas other Romance languages have attracted somewhat less attention. This volume offers a well-balanced set of articles investigating left sentence peripheries in Spanish. Some articles explore the historical evolution of left dislocation and fronting operations, while others seek to assess the extent - and the limits - of variation found between different geographical varieties and registers of the contemporary language. Moreover, the volume comprises several case studies on the interfaces between syntax, semantics, and information structure, and the implications of these for pragmatic interpretation and the organization of discourse. Cross-linguistic and typological perspectives are also provided in due course in order to position the analyses developed for Spanish within a larger research context.
1. Preface (by Dufter, Andreas); 2. Introduction (by Dufter, Andreas); 3. Section 1. Left Sentence Peripheries in Old Spanish; 4. Chapter 1. Left Dislocation phenomena in Old Spanish: An examination of their structural properties (by Bouzouita, Miriam); 5. Chapter 2. Revisiting stylistic fronting in Old Spanish (by Fischer, Susann); 6. Chapter 3. Left forever: Subject datives and clitic doubling in Old Spanish (by Elvira, Javier); 7. Section 2. Syntactic variation in Modern Spanish; 8. Chapter 4. Spanish predicative verbless clauses and the left periphery (by Gutierrez-Rexach, Javier); 9. Chapter 5. Fronting and contrastively focused secondary predicates in Spanish (by Heidinger, Steffen); 10. Chapter 6. The left periphery of Spanish comparative correlatives (by Sanchez Lopez, Cristina); 11. Chapter 7. The article at the left periphery (by Serrano, Silvia); 12. Section 3. Syntax, semantics, and pragmatics; 13. Chapter 8. Evidentiality and illocutionary force: Spanish matrix que at the syntax-pragmatics interface (by Demonte, Violeta); 14. Chapter 9. On the grammaticalization of the Assertion Structure: A view from Spanish (by Zubizarreta, Maria Luisa); 15. Chapter 10. Informational status and the semantics of mood in Spanish preposed complement clauses (by Becker, Martin G.); 16. Chapter 11. Fronting and irony in Spanish (by Escandell-Vidal, Victoria); 17. Section 4. Spanish among the Romance languages; 18. Chapter 12. Left periphery in discourse: Frame Units and discourse markers (by Borreguero Zuloaga, Margarita); 19. Chapter 13. A comparative look at Focus Fronting in Romance (by Remberger, Eva-Maria); 20. Index