LINGUIST List 24.1086

Sun Mar 03 2013

Books: The Spanish Perfects: Howe

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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
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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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