The PAS of Motion Constructions




Preferred Argument Structure. Motion construction. Syntax-Pragmatics Interface. Uto-Aztecan languages. Spanish


This article discusses the syntactic realization and discourse status of LOCATIVE expressions in motion constructions from the standpoint of the Preferred Argument Structure model (PAS, Du Bois 1987, Du Bois et al 2003). PAS posits two grammatical constraints on core arguments: (1) avoid more than one core lexical argument per clause, and (2) avoid lexical As. Our study examines whether LOCATIVE expressions, usually considered oblique or peripheral adjuncts, abide by the universal tendencies unveiled by the PAS. The results show that, in terms of the PAS, the discourse behavior of intransitive motion constructions is analogous to that of transitive constructions, and that the co-ocurrence effects predicted by the PAS to apply only to A and O arguments do affect S and LOCATIVE expressions as well. This suggests that PAS tendencies are sensitive to semantic argument status, independently of he arguments' syntactic role and its morphological marking as direct vs. oblique. The data comes from three Uto-Aztecan languages (Yaqui, Guarijio, Nahuatl) and Spanish


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Biografia do Autor

Valeria Belloro, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro

Centro de Estudios Lingüísticos y Literarios. Facultad de Lenguas y Letras.

Lilián Guerrero, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Lilián’s is an associated Researcher in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) as part of the Research Institute of Philology.


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BELLORO, V.; GUERRERO, L. The PAS of Motion Constructions. LIAMES: Línguas Indígenas Americanas, Campinas, SP, v. 18, n. 1, p. 99–118, 2018. DOI: 10.20396/liames.v1i1.8648273. Disponível em: Acesso em: 25 jun. 2022.