Resumption or contrast? Non-standard subject pronouns in Spanish Relative Clauses

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This article is a contribution to the study of subject resumptive pronouns (RPs) in Spanish relative clauses (RCs). Previous studies have focused only on the constraints governing RPs across the different functions relativized: subject, direct object and oblique. In this variationist study, two analyses were conducted for the Peruvian Limeno variety: on the one hand, RPs were analyzed as a whole, following the aforementioned tradition; on the other hand, subject RPs were studied separately. When comparing the results of both analyses, it was found that the constraints favoring subject RPs are only a subset of the ones governing RPs as a whole, and the ranking of these constraints is also different. In addition, upon closer inspection, a different type of non-standard subject pronoun was identified: a contrastive one.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-372
Number of pages24
JournalSpanish in Context
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015


  • Resumption
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Subject

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  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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