Edited by Luis A. Ortiz López, Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo and Melvin González-Rivera
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 22] 2020
► pp. 163–178
Several studies have examined the functional distribution of the Present Perfect (PP) in Peninsular and Latin American Spanish. This study contributes to this line of research through examination of the morphology and function of PP in New York Dominican Spanish. The objective is to examine the degrees of diffusion and frequency of use of this tense in the speech of bilingual speakers. We also examine the functions of all PP occurrences in interviews with 23 speakers and explore any innovative uses. Results show that the majority of participants use PP especially for events that occurred in the indefinite past or continue to have current relevance, which is the normative context in which PP is used (Comrie, 1976).