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LINGUIST List 24.1086

Sun Mar 03 2013

Books: The Spanish Perfects: Howe

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 01-Mar-2013
From: Flo Morgan-Wood <florence.morgan-woodpalgrave.com>
Subject: The Spanish Perfects: Howe
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Title: The Spanish Perfects
Subtitle: Pathways of Emergent Meaning
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Language Variation
Published: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
                http://www.palgrave.com

Book URL: http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=584010

Author: Lewis Chadwick Howe
Hardback: ISBN: 9781137029805 Pages: 220 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Abstract:

Among the most prolifically treated topics in grammaticalization approaches to semantic change is the development of periphrastic past constructions, particularly the 'have'-perfects in Romance and other Indo-European languages. This issue is an intriguing one for language researchers since it offers the opportunity to observe language change both as an incipient process that involves the transition of some lexical element into a more 'grammatical' role as well as a process of semantic generalization without the necessity of overt structural reorganization. This book explores the development of the periphrastic past (or pretérito perfecto compuesto) in Spanish, with special attention to its cross-dialectal distribution vis-à-vis the simple perfective past (or pretérito), and assumes a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing on insights from semantic and pragmatic as well as sociolinguistic approaches to language change. The resulting proposals, developed on the basis of spoken language data from cross-dialectal samples of Spanish, address the nature of language change and the variable forces that shape it.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Spanish (spa)
Language Family(ies): Romance
Areal Regions: Western Europe

Written In: English (eng)

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