Article published in:The Paradox of Grammatical Change: Perspectives from Romance
Edited by Ulrich Detges and Richard Waltereit
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 293] 2008
► pp. 147–180
From temporal to modal: Divergent fates of the Latin synthetic pluperfect in Spanish and Portuguese
This corpus-based study examines the different historical stages the Latin synthetic pluperfect underwent in Spanish and Portuguese. It tries to explain parallel and divergent developments of the morpheme -ara leading to opposite results: the strengthening of the form as an exclusively temporal category in Portuguese and its transformation into a fully-fledged past subjunctive in Spanish. In our analysis we will focus on three main aspects: first, the relevance of the underlying logical-conceptual structures as the enabling condition for the expansion of the category into new domains; second, the role of reanalysis as a listener-based strategy in discourse as the decisive mechanism for functional change; and third, the validity of the prototype concept as a device to explain the organisation of grammatical categories from a diachronic perspective. With our case study we address key questions of this book, namely the locus, the motivation and the nature of linguistic change.
Published online: 06 February 2008
Cited by 2 other publications
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