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A guide to IL and SL in Spanish: Properties, problems and proposals

Author(s): Antonio Fábregas

Journal: Borealis : An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics
ISSN 1893-3211

Volume: 1;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Individual-level | stage-level | syntax | semantics | lexicon | predication

Abstract. This article provides with a state of the art of how the Individual Level / Stage Level distinction –and the related but distinct issue of the distribution of ser / estar– is instantiated in Spanish. We argue that the IL / SL distinction can be understood in two different ways: as a contrast between properties predicated of an individual or of a stage of that individual, and as a contrast between temporally persistent properties and temporary ones. The paper ends with a specific proposal about how to capture the distinction inside a structural system.  
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