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The diachrony of Spanish haber/hacer + time

Herce, Borja (2018) The diachrony of Spanish haber/hacer + time Journal of Historical Linguistics, 7 (3). pp. 276-321.

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Using quantitative corpus evidence from different periods, the present article analyzes the emergence and diachronic development of the Spanish time constructions (clausal and adverbial) involving contemporary hacer ‘make’ and earlier haber ‘have’. The obtained data, as well as cross-linguistic evidence, suggest that the clausal construction must have been the source of the adverbial one. A proposal is presented that could explain that development. The data show, in addition, that the grammatical properties and usage patterns of the clausal and adverbial constructions were very similar until the 16th century but have been diverging ever since. This divergence coincides with an exponential increase in the textual raw frequency of the adverbial construction, where word order fixation, erosion of the inflectional morphology and a change in the possibilities for time adjunction among others are found to occur at around the same time. This points towards a desentencialization, loss of inner structure and grammaticalization of the adverbial construction in those periods.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
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Date : January 2018
DOI : 10.1075/jhl.15018.her
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 John Benjamins Publishing Company This article is under copyright and the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 20 Mar 2019 15:36
Last Modified : 20 Mar 2019 15:36

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