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Author Torres Cacoullos, Rena.
Title Grammaticization, synchronic variation, and language contact : a study of Spanish progressive -ndo constructions / Rena Torres Cacoullos.
Imprint Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins, [2000]

Series Studies in language companion series ; v. 52
Studies in language companion series ; v. 52.
Subject Spanish language -- Gerund.
Spanish language -- Adverbials.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 252 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 231-242) and index.
Contents GRAMMATICIZATION, SYNCHRONIC VARIATION, AND LANGUAGE CONTACT; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Dedication; Table of contents; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1. Introduction; Chapter 2. Formal reduction in grammaticization: Diachronic changes in the form of -ndo constructions; Chapter 3. Evidence for semantic reduction: Changing patterns of cooccurring locative and temporal expressions; Chapter 4. Frequency effects and layering in the domain of progressive aspect: The shifting semantic territory of -ndo constr; Chapter 5. From progressive to experiential habitual; Conclusion; References.
Summary This study of Old Spanish and present-day Mexico and New Mexico data develops a grammaticization account of variation in progressive constructions. Diachronic changes in cooccurrence patterns show that grammaticization involves reductive change driven by frequency increases. Formal reduction results in the emergence of auxilliary-plus-gerund sequences as fused units. Semantically, the constructions originate as spatial expressions; their grammaticization involves gradual loss of locative features of meaning. Semantic generalization among parallel evolutionary paths results in the competition a.
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ISBN 9789027298706 (electronic bk.)
902729870X (electronic bk.)
9781556199387 (alk. paper)
1556199384 (alk. paper)
9789027230553 (alk. paper)
9027230552 (alk. paper)
1556199384 (alk. paper)
9027230552 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 70764495
Additional Format Print version: Torres Cacoullos, Rena. Grammaticization, synchronic variation, and language contact. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : J. Benjamins, ©2000 (DLC) 00028922