Reduction, fusion and raising in English and Spanish


  • Francisco Garrudo Carabias



Ambigüedad estructural, Elisión, Cambio sintáctico, Categorías sintácticas, Lengua española, Lengua inglesa


The reduction of clauses, together with the fusion of structures, is a source of syntactic problems especially isomorphism and structural ambiguity both in English and Spanish. Raising and Equi-NP Deletion are the processes responsible for them. Raising operates in English more often than in Spanish and under different conditions. The syntactic complication of these phenomena for a non-native speaker and the advantage of a possible reference to similar cases, although more restricted, in Spanish, makes a comparative study of these processes very useful. Ignoring the formal technicalities of Transformational Grammar, this paper analyses, compares and contrasts the conditions of operation of raising in English and Spanish.


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Garrudo Carabias, Francisco. 1991. “Reduction, Fusion and Raising in English and Spanish”. Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina De Estudios Ingleses, no. 4 (November):77-90.