Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach

List of John Benjamins publications for which Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach plays a role.


The Null Subject Parameter (NSP) has been the focus of much debate in the syntactic and pragmatic literature. Within the realm of Spanish and Portuguese, the analysis of two dialects that do not follow its predictions (Dominican Spanish (DS) and Brazilian Portuguese (BP)) has led to the postulation… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier and Melvin González-Rivera 2017 Adverbial elatives in Caribbean SpanishBoundaries, Phases and Interfaces: Case studies in honor of Violeta Demonte, Fernández-Soriano, Olga, Elena Castroviejo Miró and Isabel Pérez-Jiménez (eds.), pp. 105–128 | Chapter
This paper is a study of the adverbial modifier bien and its use as an elative or operator of extreme degree in a Caribbean Spanish variety, Puerto Rican Spanish. It is argued that there are several properties setting the elative interpretation of bien apart from other well-known uses in other… read more
Padilla-Reyes, Ramón, Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach and Melvin González-Rivera 2016 Generalized gradability and extremeness in Puerto Rican SpanishInquiries in Hispanic Linguistics: From theory to empirical evidence, Cuza, Alejandro, Lori Czerwionka and Daniel Olson (eds.), pp. 95–110 | Article
The expression of extremeness in Puerto Rican Spanish is encoded in a series of modifiers, which are attached to adjectival, nominal or verbal elements. The proper treatment of this phenomenon requires a generalization of gradability and modification transcategorially. A semantic account is… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier and Melvin González-Rivera 2014 Chapter 4. Spanish predicative verbless clauses 
and the left peripheryLeft Sentence Peripheries in Spanish: Diachronic, Variationist and Comparative Perspectives, Dufter, Andreas and Álvaro S. Octavio de Toledo y Huerta (eds.), pp. 101–124 | Chapter
Spanish predicative verbless clauses, in which noun phrases display predicative content, are of interest for the study of the left periphery because they systematically involve displacement to this region of the clause. After considering several previous analyses, it is proposed that Spanish… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier and Melvin González-Rivera 2014 Degree quantification and scope in Puerto Rican SpanishVariation within and across Romance Languages: Selected papers from the 41st Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Ottawa, 5–7 May 2011, Côté, Marie-Hélène and Eric Mathieu (eds.), pp. 199–212 | Article
The possibility of preposing a degree delimiter before a negative term is a well-known feature of Caribbean Spanish in general. We present a detailed empirical analysis of the Puerto Rican case and we show that this possibility is due to a combination of syntactic and semantic factors that pertain… read more
This paper provides an analysis of bare nouns in Afro-Bolivian Spanish. Their behavior does not fit the typology emerging from the Nominal Mapping Parameter. We consider several properties related to mass/count, kind, and indefinite/definite readings, and we conclude with an explanation based on… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier and Sandro Sessarego 2011 The valuation of gender agreement in DP: Evidence from Afro-Bolivian SpanishRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2009: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Nice 2009, Berns, Janine, Haike Jacobs and Tobias Scheer (eds.), pp. 133–148 | Article
This paper analyzes gender agreement in the Determiner Phrase in Afro-Bolivian Spanish. Our data shows a case of cross-generational change, transitioning from a basilectal Afro-Bolivian variety to the more prestigious standard Bolivian Spanish. Recent minimalist models account for variability as… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 2010 Characterizing superlative quantifiersAdjectives: Formal analyses in syntax and semantics, Cabredo Hofherr, Patricia and Ora Matushansky (eds.), pp. 187–232 | Article
The present paper develops a semantic analysis of superlative descriptions as a subclass of definite DPs: the definite determiner in superlatives (and not the superlative itself) is analyzed as the locus of the contextual restrictions. Evidence from presuppositions and from different dependent… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 2009 Correlativization and Degree Quantification in SpanishRomance Linguistics 2007: Selected papers from the 37th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Pittsburgh, 15–18 March 2007, Masullo, Pascual José, Erin O'Rourke and Chia-Hui Huang (eds.), pp. 121–141 | Article
This article develops an analysis of the syntactic and semantic properties of Spanish degree-correlative constructions. A movement analysis for the construction is defended, along the lines of recent proposals on correlatives cross-linguistically. At the semantic level, the wh-form is claimed to… read more
Vargas-Tokuda, Marissa, John Grinstead and Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach 2009 Context and the Scalar Implicatures of Indefinites in Child SpanishHispanic Child Languages: Typical and impaired development, Grinstead, John (ed.), pp. 93–116 | Article
In this chapter we review current work on the semantics-pragmatics interface in the adult language and present a description, from earlier work, of the distinct distribution and properties of two Spanish indefinite determiners: unos and algunos. We evaluate the degree to which current theories are… read more
In this paper, the claim that subjunctive mood affects the referential possibilities of Spanish indefinite DPs is reexamined. A host of new data is considered with the goal of framing the issue in the context of current debates on the semantics of these terms. It is also shown that purely-semantic… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 2006 Sonority scales and syllable structure: Toward a formal account of phonological changeOptimality-Theoretic Studies in Spanish Phonology, Martínez-Gil, Fernando and Sonia Colina (eds.), pp. 447–469 | Article
This paper develops an analysis of syllable-structure changes from Latin to Proto-Romance and Spanish within the framework of recent developments in the formal treatment of OT. Some aspects of the transition in syllable structure from Classical Latin (CL) to Vulgar Latin (VL) and Spanish will be… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 2005 Review of Boeckx & Grohmann (2003): Multiple Wh-FrontingStudies in Language 29:3, pp. 706–711 | Review
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 2003 Constraint interaction at the semantics/pragmatics interface: The case of clitic doublingMeaning Through Language Contrast: Volume 1, Jaszczolt, Katarzyna M. and Ken Turner (eds.), pp. 335–354 | Article
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier and Chad Howe 2003 Selective and Unselective Manner OperatorsRomance Linguistics: Theory and Acquisition, Pérez-Leroux, Ana Teresa and Yves Roberge (eds.), pp. 131–147 | Article
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier and Scott A. Schwenter 2003 A scalar propositional negative polarity item in SpanishA Romance Perspective on Language Knowledge and Use: Selected papers from the 31st Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Chicago, 19–22 April 2001, Núñez-Cedeño, Rafael, Luis López and Richard Cameron (eds.), pp. 119 ff. | Article
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 2002 The semantics of Spanish free relativesCurrent Issues in Romance Languages: Selected papers from the 29th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Ann Arbor, 8–11 April 1999, Satterfield, Teresa, Christina Tortora and Diana Cresti (eds.), pp. 111–127 | Article
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier and Enrique Mallén 2001 NP Movement and Adjective Position in the DP PhasesFeatures and Interfaces in Romance: Essays in honor of Heles Contreras, Herschensohn, Julia, Enrique Mallén and Karen Zagona (eds.), pp. 107 ff. | Article
Silva-Villar, Luis and Javier Gutiérrez-Rexach 2001 Demonstratives in a Feature-based Theory of SyntaxThe Minimalist Parameter: Selected papers from the Open Linguistics Forum, Ottawa, 21–23 March 1997, Alexandrova, Galina M. and Olga Arnaudova (eds.), pp. 325–344 | Article
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 2000 The Semantics of Spanish Permission Sentences: A Dynamic AccountModal Verbs in Germanic and Romance Languages, Auwera, Johan van der and Patrick Dendale (eds.), pp. 89–113 | Article
Abstract. In this paper the formal semantics of Spanish directive verbs, especially permissive deontic verbs, is studied. A dynamic perspective is adopted in which the meaning of an expression is not its truth conditions but its discourse update potential. The paper focuses on the following aspects… read more
Gutiérrez-Rexach, Javier 1999 Neuter relatives and the degree operatorSemantic Issues in Romance Syntax, Treviño, Esthela and José Lema (eds.), pp. 69 ff. | Article