Malte Rosemeyer

List of John Benjamins publications for which Malte Rosemeyer plays a role.


Discourse-pragmatic perspectives on interrogatives

Edited by Malte Rosemeyer

Special issue of Functions of Language 29:1 (2022) v, 141 pp.
Subjects Corpus linguistics | Discourse studies | Functional linguistics | Pragmatics | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Functional linguistics | Historical linguistics | Pragmatics | Romance linguistics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


This paper analyses the relation between syntactic priming/persistence and individual preferences in the variation between the two forms of the Spanish past subjunctive (-ra vs -se). The analysis finds that the probability of repetition of one of these variants is governed by an interaction… read more
This paper examines a distinctive syntactic feature of (pre)classical Spanish: asyndetic complementation (without complementizer que ‘that’). While many authors regard this construction as a stylistic variant which eventually declined (i.a., Girón 2005), so far no exhaustive morphosyntactic study… read more
Rosemeyer, Malte 2022 Modeling the discourse pragmatics of interrogativesDiscourse-pragmatic perspectives on interrogatives, Rosemeyer, Malte (ed.), pp. 1–24 | Introduction
Rosemeyer, Malte 2022 Anteriors and resultatives in Old SpanishFrom Verbal Periphrases to Complex Predicates, Garachana Camarero, Mar, Sandra Montserrat Buendia and Claus Dieter Pusch (eds.), pp. 149–170 | Chapter
This paper proposes a quantitative analysis of the opposition between the Old Spanish intransitive constructions aver (‘have’) + participle and ser (‘be’) + participle. It is misleading to characterise this opposition as auxiliary selection in a strict sense because aver and ser are not… read more
Rosemeyer, Malte and María Sol Sansiñena 2022 How sentence type influences the interpretation of Spanish future constructionsDiscourse-pragmatic perspectives on interrogatives, Rosemeyer, Malte (ed.), pp. 116–141 | Article
It is well known that Spanish futurizing morphology is frequently used not to express futurity, but instead to formulate a hypothesis, i.e. express epistemic modality. Although this is possible with both synthetic or periphrastic future marking, the synthetic future tense is more likely to express… read more
Standard theories of focus expressed by cleft structures, for instance (Beaver & Clark 2008; Krifka 2007), assume that the motivation for the use of focus is discourse relevance: focus establishes an answer to the question under discussion (Roberts 2004: 216). This account, however, lacks a theory… read more
Rosemeyer, Malte and Eitan Grossman 2017 The road to auxiliariness revisited: The grammaticalization of finish anteriors in SpanishDiachronica 34:4, pp. 516–558 | Article
Auxiliary verbs are known to grammaticalize from lexical verbs, but how do lexical verbs acquire verbal complements to begin with? This article provides an account of the semantic and pragmatic basis of grammaticalization of the Spanish anterior (‘perfect’) [acabar + de + infinitive] from a lexical… read more
This paper examines how the interplay of frequency and semantics may have influenced the directionality of the change of the compound tense auxiliary system in Spanish, taking the near-synonymous verbs tornar and volver (‘to return’) in the 16th century as examples. There is a significant contrast… read more