Killam Presents “Differential Object Marking in Costa Rican Spanish”

Posted on 4/20/2019 6:42:59 PM

Jason Killam, Department of Foreign Languages, presented at the 72nd annual KFLC: the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, hosted by the University of Kentucky, April 11–13, 2019.

Differential Object Marking, a syntactic feature found in more than 300 world languages, has been the subject of numerous linguistic studies. Adequately describing this variable syntactic structure has proven to be elusive in Spanish. The current study provides a new way to analyze variation in DOM considering a combination of elements of the Transitivity Hypothesis and the Definiteness Scale. More specifically, the study provides a description of DOM in Costa Rica, which has not been previously studied through empirical analyses.