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De Benito Moreno, Carlota (2021). Grammaticalization. In: Fábregas, Antonio; Acedo-Matellán, Víctor; Cuervo, María Cristina; Pujol, Isabel. The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Morphology. London: Routledge, 499-510.

Abstract

A recurrent observation in works dealing with the evolution of Romance languages from Latin is that inflection is richer in the latter than in the former, since many Latin inflectional categories were lost in the daughter languages, conveyed instead by periphrastic mechanisms. This typological change has often been described as an “analytical tendency” of the Romance languages, a somewhat teleological notion that seeks to capture the fact that much of the grammatical information conveyed in Latin by morphological methods is expressed outside word limits in Romance languages. Grammaticalization is defined as “a process by which a lexical form or construction, in specific pragmatic and morphosyntactic contexts, assumes a grammatical function or by which an already-grammatical form or construction, in specific contexts, acquires an even more grammatical one”. The example of grammaticalization addressed involves the creation of verbal periphrases that convey the anterior tenses.

Abstract

A recurrent observation in works dealing with the evolution of Romance languages from Latin is that inflection is richer in the latter than in the former, since many Latin inflectional categories were lost in the daughter languages, conveyed instead by periphrastic mechanisms. This typological change has often been described as an “analytical tendency” of the Romance languages, a somewhat teleological notion that seeks to capture the fact that much of the grammatical information conveyed in Latin by morphological methods is expressed outside word limits in Romance languages. Grammaticalization is defined as “a process by which a lexical form or construction, in specific pragmatic and morphosyntactic contexts, assumes a grammatical function or by which an already-grammatical form or construction, in specific contexts, acquires an even more grammatical one”. The example of grammaticalization addressed involves the creation of verbal periphrases that convey the anterior tenses.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Uncontrolled Keywords:Spanish including Latin America, Languages of Western Europe, Morphology, Language Teaching & Learning, Second Language Acquisition
Language:English
Date:2021
Deposited On:07 Feb 2022 11:04
Last Modified:27 May 2024 01:51
Publisher:Routledge
ISBN:9780367331573
OA Status:Closed
Related URLs:https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Spanish-Morphology/Fabregas-Acedo-Matellan-Armstrong-Cuervo-Pujol-Payet/p/book/9780367331573 (Publisher)
https://uzb.swisscovery.slsp.ch/permalink/41SLSP_UZB/1d8t6qj/alma99117111873405508 (Library Catalogue)