List of John Benjamins publications for which Chantal Melis plays a role.
Form and meaning in the development of verbal polysemy. Changes in Meaning and Function: Studies in historical linguistics with a focus on Spanish, Fernández Jaén, Jorge and Herminia Provencio Garrigós (eds.), pp. 173–1942020.
The question of how form and meaning interact in processes of change is of particular significance to historical linguists. Most commonly, innovations in meaning are assumed to lead the way, with changes at the formal level following as a consequence. By contrast, the possibility of a formal change… read more | Chapter
Chapter 6. The dative experiencer of Spanish gustar. Studies in Historical Ibero-Romance Morpho-Syntax, Bouzouita, Miriam, Ioanna Sitaridou and Enrique Pato (eds.), pp. 123–1482018.
This paper focuses on the dative experiencer of Spanish gustar ‘to please, like’, which replaced an older nominative experiencer. The syntactic shift calls for attention since it goes against the well-established diachronic tendency for oblique arguments to be eliminated in favor of nominative… read more | Chapter
The modal category of sufficiency. Modes of Modality: Modality, typology, and universal grammar, Leiss, Elisabeth and Werner Abraham (eds.), pp. 353–3762014.
This paper deals with constructions which express a notion of ‘sufficiency’. The presence of a degree quantifier such as enough, too, excessively or suffice constitutes their defining feature. On the proposed analysis, these constructions establish a relation of ‘necessity’ between the element that… read more | Article
On the historical expansion of non-canonically marked ‘subjects’ in Spanish. The Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects, Seržant, Ilja A. and Leonid Kulikov (eds.), pp. 163–1842013.
In this paper we focus on a non-canonically marking pattern of Spanish which has been related to the cross-linguistic phenomenon of oblique or quirky subjects. In the course of time, contrary to the tendency observed in most European languages, the Spanish dative pattern, which has its roots in… read more | Article
Emergence and grammaticalization of constructions within the se me network of Spanish. Grammaticalization and Language Change: New reflections, Davidse, Kristin, Tine Breban, Lieselotte Brems and Tanja Mortelmans (eds.), pp. 249–2702012.
Historical linguistics has begun to explore the way new insights into change can be gained from a constructional approach to language. In this work we focus on a Spanish construction used for events caused accidentally by a human participant marked dative. The construction enters fairly late in the… read more | Article
On the development of Recipient passives in DO languages: A case study. Historical Linguistics 2007: Selected papers from the 18th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Montreal, 6–11 August 2007, Dufresne, Monique, Fernande Dupuis and Etleva Vocaj (eds.), pp. 123–1342009.
Passives of ditransitive verbs vary as to whether they promote the Theme argument or the Recipient. In general terms, Theme passives associate with Direct Object (DO) languages, whereas Recipient passives are characteristic of Primary Object (PO) languages. In this work, we ask what motivates some… read more | Article
A diachronic view of prepositional verbs of emotion in Spanish. Historical Linguistics 1993: Selected papers from the 11th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Los Angeles, 16–20 August 1993, Andersen, Henning (ed.), pp. 309 ff.1995.
Chapter 4. A constructional approach to causative support verbs in Spanish. Constructions in Spanish, Hennecke, Inga and Evelyn Wiesinger (eds.), pp. 78–1022023.
Complex predicates formed with a semantically bleached verb and a predicating nominal (take a walk) have posed a challenge to grammatical theories. One must explain how the two elements integrate into a semantic and syntactic unit, without losing sight of the lexical constraints the so-called… read more | Chapter