Center for Theoretical Linguistics (CLT)

The Center for Theoretical Linguistics (Centre de Lingüística Teòrica), funded and consolidated research group by the Generalitat de Catalunya from 1993, aims to fully understand how natural languages are structured and how they are processed by human beings. The focus of research is grammatical theory in a broad sense of the term, and the core research lines of the group are phonology and morphology, syntax (including lexical syntax), and semantics, always from a theoretical perspective. As for the transversal research areas, the group also counts on the participation of specialists in biolinguistics, language acquisition and language pathologies. Our research activity basically revolves around the study of the universal properties of language and the identification of patterns of microvariation among the natural languages.

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27 p, 422.8 KB La concordança del participi en el català de Mallorca / Puig, Sebastià Salvà i (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Centre de Lingüística Teòrica)
Aquest article pretén descriure el comportament de la concordança del participi (CP) en el català de Mallorca, molt especialment quan l'objecte roman in situ (en la seva posició canònica postverbal), tot comparant-lo amb el d'altres parlars romànics i posant èmfasi en un fet no destacat fins ara, i és que la CP amb l'objecte in situ no sempre és reeixida: l'accepten els esdeveniments dinàmics tèlics, però la rebutgen les situacions estatives -a excepció feta de certes construccions dinàmiques tèliques fetes a partir d'alguns verbs estatius- i també la rebutgen algunes construccions dinàmiques atèliques; però, crucialment, no totes. [...]
This article aims to describe the behaviour of past participle agreement (PPA) in Majorcan Catalan, especially when the object is left in situ (in its canonical post-verbal position), in comparison with other Romance dialects. [...]

Barcelona : Institut d'Estudis Catalans, 2018 - 10.2436/20.2502.01.84
Llengua & literatura, Vol. 28 (2018) , p. 53-79  
19 p, 4.9 MB Missing inflectional features and missing exponents in DP-internal agreement asymmetries / Bonet, Eulàlia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Centre de Lingüística Teòrica)
This paper focuses on different types of agreement asymmetries within the DP in which postnominal modifiers exhibit full agreement while in prenominal modifiers agreement can fail in different ways. The main lines of the optimality-theoretic proposal in Bonet, Lloret & Mascaró (2015) are followed, but it is shown, through a comparison of two Northern Italian varieties, that their constraint set cannot account for varieties of Friulian, where the plural exponent fails to surface in plural contexts. [...]
2018 - 10.5334/gjgl.579
Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, Vol. 3 Núm. 1 (2018)  
26 p, 584.4 KB The definite article in Romance expletives and long weak definites / Espinal, M. Teresa (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Filologia Catalana) ; Cyrino, Sonia (University of Campinas. Department of Linguistics)
This paper focuses on some issues involving expletive articles and long weak definites in Romance (mainly Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Catalan), in comparison to DPs that elicit a strong reading. [...]
2017 - 10.5334/gjgl.160
Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, Vol. 2 Núm. 1 (2017)  
10 p, 339.5 KB Sincretismo : un término para un concepto, no dos / Bonet, Eulàlia (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Centre de Lingüística Teòrica)
El objetivo de esta nota es mostrar la inadecuación del significado atribuido al término sincretismo en trabajos influyentes de la tradición hispana. Se propone reservar el término para las relaciones paradigmáticas, como se hace comúnmente en otras tradiciones lingüísticas, y utilizar términos como exponencia simultánea para las relaciones sintagmáticas.
The goal of this note is to show the inadequacy of the meaning that has been attributed to the term syncretism in influential work in the Hispanic tradition. It is proposed that the term be restricted to paradigmatic relations, as it is usually done in other linguistic traditions, and to use.
terms like simultaneous exponence for syntagmatic relations.

Verba: Anuario galego de filoloxia, Vol. 43 (2016) , p. 405-414  
9 p, 431.7 KB Interacció sintàctica i entonativa a les interrogatives catalanes amb dislocació a la dreta / Villalba, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) ; Planas-Morales, Sílvia (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)
Barcelona : Universitat de Barcelona. Laboratori de Fonètica, 2016
53 reflexiones sobre aspectos de la fonética y otros temas de lingüística, 2016  
30 p, 6.8 MB Russian definitional generic sentences / Seres Guillen, Daria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Filologia Catalana) ; Espinal, M. Teresa (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Filologia Catalana)
In this article we analyse Russian definitional sentences, which are a type of generic sentence. We focus on the structure and meaning of canonical definitions, which express an identity/identification relation between two nominal concepts. [...]
Ubiquity Press, 2019 - 10.5334/gjgl.760
Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, Vol. 4 Núm. 1 (2019)  
1 p, 282.2 KB Word fluency and object naming in aphasia and cognitive impairment / Salmons Llussa, Io (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) ; Muntané Sánchez, Helena (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) ; Gavarró Algueró, Anna (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Word fluency (WF) and picture naming tasks have been shown to be sensitive to different neuropathologies. Both rest on lexical retrieval, but WF is also a measure of executive function (and attention). [...]
Academy of Aphasia (Philadelphia, 23 October 2022), : 2022  
25 p, 339.9 KB La inacusativitat i la seleccióde l'auxiliar en català antic / Mateu Fontanals, Jaume (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Centre de Lingüística Teòrica)
Clàssics d'ahir i d'avui en la gramàtica del català, 2016, p. 127-152  
40 p, 2.9 MB 3rd person clitic combinations across Catalan varieties : consequences of the nature of the dative clitic / Cabré Monné, Teresa ; Fábregas, Antonio
This article argues that variation in how 3rd person clitic combinations are solved across Catalan varieties depends on the internal morphosyntactic shape of the dative clitic in each variety. We argue that the dative clitic in Valencian Catalan is an inherently case-marked pronominal form (KP), while non Valencian Catalan varieties, that contain a locative clitic, build the dative as a definite locative pronominal which receives structural case. [...]
2022 - 10.1515/tlr-2018-2010
The Linguistic Review, Vol. 36 (2022) , p. 151-190  
33 p, 436.9 KB Uniqueness in languages with and without articles : Catalan vs Russian / Seres Guillen, Daria (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) ; Borràs Comes, Joan Manel 1984- (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) ; Espinal, M. Teresa (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
The article compares the interpretation of singular topical nominals in Romance (Catalan) and Slavic (Russian), and its relation to the presence/absence of the article in the overt morphosyntax. The empirical study, presented in this paper, confirmed the theoretical prediction that in Catalan the presence of a definite article conveys uniqueness of the referent, while an indefinite article suggests nonuniqueness. [...]
2021 - 10.26881/bp.2021.3.06
Beyond Philology An International Journal of Linguistics, Literary Studies and English Language Teaching, Vol. 18 Núm. 3 (2021) , p. 163-195