Becker, Martin (2016). The Portuguese Preterito Perfeito Composto in diachrony - a perfect evolution? Estud. Linguist. Galega, 8. S. 25 - 44. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA: UNIV SANTIAGO COMPOSTELA. ISSN 1989-578X

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This articles deals with the semantic evolution of the Portuguese Preterito Perfeito Composto (PPC), which represents a remarkable case of linguistic change given the fact that it is completely out of line with the ordinary process of grammaticalisation reconstructed for the perfect in other Romance languages. The present study identifies various stages of this pathway as well as underlying semantic principles. We are especially interested in the analysis and interpretation of these developments in terms of Geeraert`s insights on change and reconstruction of categories expounded in his seminal monograph on, Diachronic Prototype Semantics. In the light of his theory of prototypes, the dynamic evolution of the PPC can be understood as a shift of the prototypical meaning, or, reading, away from an initial centre with its network of more or less central or peripheral readings towards a different target centre of category organisation. This study of the stages and principles of the linguistic evolution of the Portuguese PPC, covering the period between the 15(th) and 20(th) centuries, is based on Mark Davies' and Michael Ferreira's Corpus do Portugues.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-289434
DOI: 10.15304/elg.8.3057
Journal or Publication Title: Estud. Linguist. Galega
Volume: 8
Page Range: S. 25 - 44
Date: 2016
Place of Publication: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
ISSN: 1989-578X
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Romanisches Seminar
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Language & LinguisticsMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes


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