Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Hispanic Studies

Second Department

Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Reader 1

Jennifer Wood

Reader 2

Meredith Landman

Reader 3

Paul Cahill

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The Baroque-era Spanish poet Luis de Góngora is renowned for his difficult syntax, and particularly for the literary device called hyperbaton, or the stylistic inversion of normal word order. While the elaborate gongorismo style has not gone unnoticed by linguists, classical analyses of the poet’s work typically view sentence structure as one-dimensional and characterize the force of a hyperbaton by the length of an interposed phrase. Taking the sonnets of Góngora as a data set, I invoke the theory of generative syntax to argue that this apparent interposition is actually multiple instances of raising, often into specifier positions, though typically for stylistic reasons rather than for the purpose of feature-checking. Esta tesis está escrita en español.

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