Becker, Martin ORCID: 0000-0002-6750-2633 (2006). From temporal to modal: Divergent fates of the Latin synthetic pluperfect in Spanish and Portuguese. In: The Paradox of Grammatical Change, Perspectives from Romance, pp. 147-179. Amsterdam et al.: John Benjamins. ISBN 978902724808

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This corpus-based study examines the different historical stages the Latin synthetic pluperfect underwent in Spanish and Portuguese. It tries to explain parallel and divergent developments of the morpheme -ara leading to opposite results: the strengthening of the form as an exclusively temporal category in Portuguese and its transformation into a fully-fledged past subjunctive in Spanish. In our analysis we will focus on three main aspects: first, the relevance of the underlying logical-conceptual structures as the enabling condition for the expansion of the category into new domains; second, the role of reanalysis as a listener-based strategy in discourse as the decisive mechanism for functional change; and third, the validity of the prototype concept as a device to explain the organisation of grammatical categories from a diachronic perspective. With our case study we address key questions of this book, namely the locus, the motivation and the nature of linguistic change.English
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-558085
DOI: 10.1075/cilt.293.08bec
Title of Book: The Paradox of Grammatical Change, Perspectives from Romance
Series Name: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
Volume: 293
Page Range: pp. 147-179
Date: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
Place of Publication: Amsterdam et al.
ISSN: 0304-0763
ISBN: 978902724808
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Romanisches Seminar
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Romance languages French
Refereed: Yes


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