From semantics to grammar
Lexical substitution in the evolution of verbal periphrases haber / tener + infinitive
The main aim of this paper is to analyze the rise of the Spanish verbal periphrases tener de/que + inf and investigate the relevance of analogy and lexical semantics for these changes. We demonstrate that the constructions haber de/que + inf acted as supporting constructions motivating the rise of the synonymous pair tener de/que + inf (De Smet & Fischer 2017). The analogical process between the two constructions was due to the synonymy between the lexical verbs haber and tener expressing possessive meanings.
Keywords: historical syntax, verbal periphrases, construction grammar, supporting constructions, analogy