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From (semi-)oppositional to non-oppositional middles: the case of Spanish reír(se)


De Benito Moreno, Carlota (2023). From (semi-)oppositional to non-oppositional middles: the case of Spanish reír(se). Language typology and universals, 76(2):121-164.

Abstract

This paper seeks to explore the possibility that Spanish intransitive verbs showing middle marking with no associated change of valency are a source of non-oppositional middle verbs. In order to do so, a study is conducted of the historical evolution of the middle-marked Spanish verbreír(se)‘to laugh’ as well as other semantically related verbs (such asalegrar(se)‘to be happy, pleased’, regocijarse ‘to rejoice’ andburlar(se), mofar(se), escarnecer(se) ‘to mock, to ridicule, to make fun of’), where the presence of the middle marker is associated with a valency-reducing diathesis.

Abstract

This paper seeks to explore the possibility that Spanish intransitive verbs showing middle marking with no associated change of valency are a source of non-oppositional middle verbs. In order to do so, a study is conducted of the historical evolution of the middle-marked Spanish verbreír(se)‘to laugh’ as well as other semantically related verbs (such asalegrar(se)‘to be happy, pleased’, regocijarse ‘to rejoice’ andburlar(se), mofar(se), escarnecer(se) ‘to mock, to ridicule, to make fun of’), where the presence of the middle marker is associated with a valency-reducing diathesis.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Language and Linguistics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Linguistics and Language
Uncontrolled Keywords:Linguistics and Language, Language and Linguistics
Language:English
Date:26 July 2023
Deposited On:16 Feb 2024 09:09
Last Modified:31 May 2024 01:55
Publisher:De Gruyter
ISSN:1867-8319
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/stuf-2023-2006
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)