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LINGUIST List 17.3646

Sat Dec 09 2006

Qs: Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries

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        1.    Brenda Laca, Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries

Message 1: Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries
Date: 08-Dec-2006
From: Brenda Laca <Brenda.Lacalinguist.jussieu.fr>
Subject: Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries

Modern Portuguese builds its compound tenses with an auxiliary which
–though now used as a general verb of possession- etymologically meant
“hold, maintain, retain”. In Bybee et al. sample (Bybee/Perkins/Pagliuca,
The Evolution of grammar) there are scarcely any instances of ''anteriors''
with an auxiliary verb which is not simply stative, but
''intransformative'' or ''continuative''.

I would be thankful for other potential cases of anteriors/perfects built
on the basis of verbs meaning ''hold, keep, retain, stay, remain'' and the
like, as well as for descriptive references on their use.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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