A note on repetition in Spanish:

volver a + VInf, re-prefixation, and adverbs of repetition


Brenda Laca



In this paper, we describe the semantics of a Spanish verbal periphrasis which triggers a presupposition of repetition, and we contrast it with adverbs of repetition, and with prefixation. The main difficulty in the semantic analysis of such presupposition triggers is that of formulating their minimal presupposition. In the case of the periphrasis, Ramchand's first-phase syntax templates are shown to be better predictors of this minimal presupposition than analyses relying on less fine-grained structures for the VP.

Keywords: presupposition  repetitive and restitutive readings  states  events • VP-structure

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