Professors – investigadors
Becaris i doctorands
M.Teresa Espinal


Departament de Filologia Catalana
Despatx B11/256
Facultat de Lletres
Edifici B
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)


+34 93 581 15 54

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Publicacions destacades / Featured Publications

Línies d’investigació / Research interests

Interfície Sintaxi-Semàntica | Construccions Idiomàtiques | Negació | Semàntica dels Noms | Llengües romàniques: Català, Espanyol
Syntax-Semantics Interface | Idiomatic Constructions | Negation | Semantics of Nouns | Romance languages: Catalan, Spanish

Publicacions representatives / Representative publications

Acceptat / To appear
‘Expletive pronouns and expletive articles.’ In S. Armoskaite & M. Wiltschko (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Determiners. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

‘Marcadores de discurso deverbales’ (with X. Villalba). In C. Company Company (ed.), Sintaxis Histórica de la Lengua Española. Vol. IV. Chapter 21. Fondo de Cultura Económica.

‘Negation: diachronic developments’ (with S. Tubau). In The Wiley Blackwell Companion to Diachronic Linguistics, edited by Adam Ledgeway, Edith Aldridge, Anne Breitbarth, Katalin É Kiss, Joseph Salmons and Alexandra Simonenko.

Vaya in Spanish. From a judgment to a commitment marker’ (with C. Real-Puigdollers and X. Villalba). Journal of Historical Syntax.

‘Bridging Inferences and Reference Management: Evidence from an Experimental Investigation in Catalan and Russian’ (with D. Serés and J. Borràs-Comes). Language and Speech, 67(1), 203-227.

‘Establishing the limits between Polarity Sensitivity, Negative Polarity and Negative Concord’ (with U. Etxeberria and S. Tubau). Linguistic Typology, 2024.

‘From a movement verb to an epistemic discourse marker. The diachronic change of Spanish vaya’ (with Cristina Real-Puigdollers and Xavier Villalba). Linguistic Variation, 24(1), p. 1–36.

‘Non-agreeing degree constructions’ (amb J.A. Mendia). Journal of Linguistics. Published online 2024:1-36. doi:10.1017/S0022226724000148

‘On the property-denoting clitic ne and the determiner de/di: a comparative analysis of Catalan and Italian’ (with Giuliana Giusti). Linguistics, 2024.

‘On the status of NCIs. An experimental investigation on so-called Strict NC languages’ (with E. Puig-Mayenco, U. Etxeberria and S. Tubau). Journal of Linguistics, 1-41. DOI:

‘A new approach to Negative Concord: Catalan as the case in point’ (with U. Etxeberria and S. Tubau). Journal of Linguistics, 1-33. DOI:

‘On the distribution and interpretation of voice in Greek anticausatives’ (with E. Tsiakmakis & J. Borràs-Comes). Frontiers in Psychology. Language Sciences, volume 14.

‘Greek non-negative min, epistemic modality, and positive bias’ (with E. Tsiakmakis & J. Borràs-Comes). Natural Language and Linguistic Theory. 

‘Greek polydefinites at the interfaces’ (with E. Tsiakmakis & J. Borràs-Comes). In Robin Hörnig, Sophie von Wietersheim, Andreas Konietzko & Sam Featherston (eds.), Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2020: Linguistic Theory Enriched by Experimental Data pp. 217–240. Tübingen: University of Tübingen.

‘Polaritat, concordança negativa i les reflexions de Joan Solà sobre la negació’, in N. Nogué, J. Fortuny, E. Salvat (eds.), Seguint la petja de Joan Solà. Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 21-34.

‘On the interpretation of response particles méiyǒu and to negative polar questions in Mandarin Chinese’ (with F. Li and J. Borràs-Comes). Journal of Pragmatics, 200, 267-281. 

‘Expletiveness in grammar and beyond’ (with E. Tsiakmakis), Glossa: a journal of general linguistics, 7(1). doi:

‘(Negative) Polarity Items in Catalan and other trans-Pyrenean Romance languages’ (with A. Llop). Languages, Special issue on Double-Negation and (Negative) Polarity Phenomena in the Romance Languages and Their Dialects. D. Delfitto & M. Vendler (eds.).

‘The status of de in Romance indefinites, partitives and pseudopartitives’ (with S. Cyrino). Studia Linguistica, 76.1, 167-211.

‘A syntactically-driven approach to indefiniteness, specificity and anti-specificity in Romance’ (with S. Cyrino). Journal of Linguistics, 58.3, 535-570.

‘Uniqueness in languages with and without articles: Catalan vs. Russian’ (with D. Serés and J. Borràs-Comes). Beyond Philology. Special issue Slavic meets Romance, 18.3, 163-195.

‘The interpretation of plural mass nouns in Greek’ (with E. Tsiakmakis and J. Borràs-Comes). Journal of Pragmatics, 181: 209-226.

‘Greek polydefinites revisited: polydefinites as resumed reduced relative clauses’ (with E. Tsiakmakis and J. Borràs-Comes). Journal of Greek Linguistics, 21: 151-190,

‘Polarity Items in Basque’ (amb U. Etxeberria, S. Tubau i J. Borràs-Comes). Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 40, 485–504.

‘Numberless kinds. Evidence from Russian’ (with O. Borik). Catalan Journal of Linguistics, 19: 231-260.

The Oxford Handbook of Negation, (co-edited with V. Déprez). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Under contract. Enllaç:

‘What are (un)acceptabiity and (un)grammaticality? How do they relate to one another and to interpretation?’ (S. Tubau, U. Etxeberria, V. Déprez and M.T. Espinal, coeditors). Frontiers in Psychology.

‘Number as an adjunct in Romance’ (with S. Cyrino). In I. Vogel (ed.), Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 16, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 78-92.

‘On the syntax of Number in Romance’ (with S. Cyrino). Studia Linguistica, 74(1), 165-203. doi:10.1111/stul.12123

‘Mismatches in the interpretation of fragment negative expressions in Mandarin Chinese’ (with F. Li & J. Borràs Comes). Journal of Pragmatics, 152, 28-45.

‘The Noun-Verb distinction in Catalan Sign Language: an exo-skeletal approach’ (with E. Ribera & J. Quer). Sign Language & Linguistics, 22(1): 1-43.

‘Definiteness in Russian bare nominal kinds.’ (with O. Borik). In A. Aguilar, J. Pozas & Violeta Vázquez-Rojas (eds.), Definiteness across languages. LangSci series Studies in Diversity Linguistics, 293-318. DOI:10.5281/zenodo.3252024

‘Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 23’ (co-edited with E. Castroviejo, M. Leonetti, L. McNally & C. Real-Puidgollers).

’Russian definitional generic sentences’ (with D. Seres). Glossa 4(1): 59, 1–30. DOI:

‘Idioms and phraseology.’ (with J. Mateu). Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.51.

‘Response Systems: the syntax and semantics of fragment answers and response particles.’ (with S. Tubau). Annual Review of Linguistics 5:5.1-5.27.

‘Single negation interpretations in sentences with multiple negative expressions in Mandarin Chinese. An experimental investigation’ (with F. Li and J. Borràs-Comes). Lingua 210-211: 65-78.

‘Psychological verbs and their arguments.’ (with D. Serés). Borealis. An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics 7/ 1: 27-44.

‘Relating (un)acceptability to interpretation. Experimental investigations on negation.’ (with U. Etxeberria, S. Tubau, V. Déprez & J. Borràs-Comes). Frontiers in Psychology. Language Sciences.

‘Manner and result modifiers. The V ben V construction in Catalan’ (with J. Mateu). The Linguistic Review, 35(1): 1-33.

‘How speakers interpret the negative markers no and no…pas in Catalan’ (with S. Tubau, V. Déprez & J. Borràs-Comes). Probus, 30(1):121-167.

‘Morphosyntactic defectiveness in complex predicate formation’. In A. Álvarez & Í. Navarro (eds.), On verb valency change: theoretical and typological perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 31-50.

‘On weak definites and their contribution to event kinds’ (with S. Cyrino). In E. Castroviejo, O. Fernández-Soriano & I. Pérez (eds.), Boundaries, phases and interfaces. Case studies in honor of Violeta Demonte. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 130-150.

‘The definite article in Romance expletives and long weak definites’ (with S. Cyrino). Glossa 2(1), 23. DOI:

‘Is Mandarin Chinese a truth-based language? Rejecting responses to negative assertions and questions’ (with F. Li, S. González-Fuente & P. Prieto). Frontiers in Psychology. Language Sciences. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01967.

‘Meaning of words, meaning of sentences. Building the meaning of n-words’ (with S. Tubau). In S. Fischer & C. Gabriel (eds.),Manual of grammatical interfaces in Romance linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 187-212.

‘Interpreting argumental n-words as answers to negative wh-questions’ (with S. Tubau). Lingua, 177, 41-59.

‘Número, semántica’. In J. Gutiérrez-Rexach (ed.),Enciclopedia Lingüística Hispánica. Vol. 1, Part II. London: Routledge, 710-721.

‘Double negation in Catalan and Spanish. Interaction between syntax and prosody’ (with S. Tubau, J. Borràs-Comes & P. Prieto). In P. Larrivée & C. Lee (eds.), Negation and polarity: cognitive and experimental perspectives. Berlin: Springer, 145-176.

‘How do languages reject negative propositions? Typological evidence on the use of prosody and gesture ‘ (with S. González-Fuente, S. Tubau & P. Prieto). Frontiers in Psychology. Language Sciences 6:899. DOI 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00899.

‘Double Negation in a Negative Concord Language: An Experimental Investigation’ (with V. Déprez, S. Tubau & A. Cheylus). Lingua, 163, 75-107.

‘On the structure of bare nominals in Brazilian Portuguese’ (with S. cyrino). In J. Smith & T. Ishane (eds.), Romance Linguistics 2012. Selected papers from the 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 215-228. doi 10.1075/rllt.7.14cyr

‘Reference to kinds and to other generic expressions: definiteness and number’ (with O. Borik). The Linguistic Review, 32.2, 167-225.

‘Ambiguity resolution and information structure’ (with X. Villalba). The Linguistic Review, 32.1, 61-85.

‘Prosody and gesture in the interpretation of yes-answers to negative yes-no questions’ (with S. Tubau, S. González & P. Prieto). The Linguistic Review, 32.1, 115-142.

‘Bare nominals in Brazilian Portuguese: more on the DP/NP analysis’ (with S. Cyrino). Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 33, 471-521. DOI 10.1007/s11049-014-9264-6.


‘Weak referentiality and Russian instrumental nominals’ (with L. Bogatyreva). In A. Aguilar, B. Le Bruyn & J. Zwarts (eds.), Advances in weak referentiality. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 101-127.

‘Diachronic changes in negative expressions: the case of French’ (with M. Labelle). Lingua, 145, 194-225

Semántica (with J. Macià, J. Mateu & J. Quer). Madrid: Akal.

‘Laughing our heads off: when metaphor constrains aspect’ (with J. Mateu), in T. Crane & S. Katseff (eds.). Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley: University of California, Berkeley, 284-294.

‘Bare nominals, bare predicates: properties and related types’, in J. Kabatek & A. Wall (eds.), Bare Noun Phrases in Romance: theory and (empirical) data. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 63-94.

‘Prosody and gesture constrain the interpretation of double negation’ (with P. Prieto, J.Borràs & S.Tubau), Lingua, 131, 136-150.

‘On the structure of vocatives’, in B. Sonnenhauser & P. Noel (eds.), Vocative!. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, Trends in Linguistics Series, 109-132.

‘Transitividad débil y nombres no referenciales modificadores del predicado’, in V. Bellosta von Colbe & M. García García (eds.),Aspectualidad – transitividad – referencialidad: las lenguas románicas en contraste, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. Studia Romanica et Linguistica SRL 36, 119-132.

‘On definite kinds’ (with O. Borik)
Recherches Linguistiques de Vincennes, 
41, 123-146.

‘Le-predicates and event modification in Mexican Spanish’ (with Í. Navarro)
Lingua, 122, 409-431.

‘Doble negació dins l’oració simple en català’ (with S. Tubau)
Estudis Romànics, XXXIV, 145-164.

‘Pragmatic particles at the syntax-cognition interface’.
J.M. Cots & L. Payrató (eds.), Pragmatics of Catalan, Berlin: Mouton Series in Pragmatics, 49-79..

‘Intonational encoding of double negation in Catalan’ (with P. Prieto)
Journal of Pragmatics, 43, 2392-2410.

‘Bare nominals and argument structure in Catalan and Spanish’ (with J. Mateu)
The Linguistic Review
, 28, 1-39.

‘Bare nominals and incorporating verbs in Catalan and Spanish’ (with L. McNally)
Journal of Linguistics 47.1, 87-128.

‘On classes of idioms and their interpretation’ (with J. Mateu)
Journal of Pragmatics 42: 1397–1411.

‘Bare nominals in Catalan and Spanish. Their structure and meaning’
Lingua 120.4: 984-1009.

‘Clitic incorporation and abstract semantic objects in idiomatic constructions’
Linguistics 47(6): 1221–1271.

‘Characterizing ‘have’-predicates and indefiniteness’ (with L. McNally)
In M.T. Espinal, M. Leonetti & L.McNally (eds.), Proceedings of the IV Nereus International Workshop Definiteness and DP Structure in Romance Languages. Arbeitspapier 124: 27-43. Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft. Konstanz: Universität Konstanz.

‘Bare singular nominals and incorporating verbs’ ( with L. McNally)
In G. Kaiser & M. Leonetti (eds.), Proceedings of the Workshop. Definiteness, specificity and animacy in Ibero-Romance Languages. Arbeitspapier,122: 45-62. Fachbereich Sprachwissenschaft. Konstanz: Universität Konstanz.

“Argument structure and compositionality in idiomatic constructions” ( with J. Mateu)
The Linguistic Review, 24.1, 33-59.

‘Licensing expletive negation and negative concord in Catalan and Spanish’
In F. Floricic (ed.) La négation dans les langues romanes. Linguisticae Investigationes Supplementa, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 49-74.

“Bare nouns, number and types of incorporation” (with C. Dobrovie-Sorin and T. Bleam)
In Svetlana Vogeleer & Liliane Tasmowski (eds.), Non-definiteness and plurality. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, Linguistics Today 95, 51-79

“A conceptual dictionary of Catalan Idioms”
International Journal of Lexicography, 18.4, 509-540.

Diccionari de Sinònims de Frases Fetes
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Servei de Publiccions / Publicacions de la Universitat de Valencia / Publicacions de l’Abadia de Montserrat. Barcelona / Valencia. 1578 pp. & CD-ROM.

“Lexicalization of light verb structures and the semantics of nominals”
Catalan Journal of Linguistics, 3 The Semantics of Nominals, 15-43.

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