In constructions with a verb and an adverb in spoken Spanish the word order is not free in the sense that it varies at random. Quite the contrary; word order can be predicted. The position of the adverb vis-a-vis the verb correlates with the type of adverb present in the construction, and with the pragmatic functions of conveying information, contrary to expectation and focus of contrast. It also correlates with the expression of consequence, hypothesis, and immediacy.
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The research has been partially supported by a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship of the University of Minnesota. A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the X International Congress of ALFAL. I would like to thank the anonimous reviewers for their suggestions. Any errors that remain are, of course, my own. The analysis is based on a corpus of 19 hours of recorded informal conversations encompassing a total of 30 middle-class speakers from La Plata, Argentina. The numbers and letters after the examples show their location in the corpus.