LINGUIST List 27.2399

Tue May 31 2016

Diss: Romance, Historical Ling, Morphology, Syntax, Text/Corpus Ling: Lamar A. Graham: 'The history of the future: morphophonology, syntax, and grammaticalization'

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Date: 30-May-2016
From: Lamar Graham <>
Subject: The history of the future: morphophonology, syntax, and grammaticalization
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Institution: University of Georgia
Program: Romance Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2015

Author: Lamar A. Graham

Dissertation Title: The history of the future: morphophonology, syntax, and grammaticalization

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Romance

Dissertation Director:
Lewis Chadwick Howe

Dissertation Abstract:

The appearance of new verbal paradigms in the Romance languages – namely, the synthetic future indicative and conditional paradigms – has been one of the hallmark studies within the field of grammaticalization. Already existing in Latin was a synthetic future indicative paradigm, with a full complement of endings. Many researchers (Garey 1955; Hopper and Traugott 2003; Slobbe 2004; among others) have agreed that the infinitive + HABĒRE construction was the genesis of Romance future paradigms, obviating and completely replacing the disfavored Latin synthetic future. However, even after Latin evolved into Spanish, there still existed a duality between a periphrastic, analytic future and a paradigmatic, synthetic future. Said duality implied several syntactic and morphophonological characteristics of Old and Classical Spanish, some of which are no longer extant in the modern language.

Through an empirical study, employing variable rules analyses, of Old and Classical Spanish texts, it is shown that the synthetic and analytic future and conditional were not always fully complementary of another, as the synthetic began to be used in contexts customarily reserved for the analytic construction. Within this work it will be shown how morphophonological and syntactic properties necessitated the existence of the analytic construction, especially the status of the auxiliary-turned-affix-turned-inflectional ending haber. Also of interest will be the manner in which the future and conditional paradigms derived syntactically in Old and Classical Spanish, with special attention lent to the role of cliticization principles in their structure. The findings rooted in these several theoretical fields will import a greater understanding of the eventual loss of the analytic future and conditional prior to the advent of the Modern Spanish era.

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