Article published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2013: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Amsterdam 2013
Edited by Enoch O. Aboh, Jeannette Schaeffer and Petra Sleeman
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 8] 2015
► pp. 159–174
The perfect between Latin and Romance
The rise of perfective periphrases and the active/inactive contrast
The development of Romance periphrastic perfect forms, in particular of HABERE + Past Participle, has often been claimed to be the result of a grammaticalization process. Proponents of this approach argue that the Latin verb HABERE (‘to have’) gradually underwent a change of status from lexical to functional, following a systematic path (Harris 1982, a.o.). This study will present evidence to show that this hypothesis comes up against both empirical and theoretical issues. Conversely, it will illustrate that the emergence of Romance perfective periphrases might be more correctly considered a consequence of the active/inactive alignment characterizing the Latin verbal system. This approach will also pave the way to an understanding of the rise of modern auxiliation patterns from a diachronic point of view.
Published online: 02 December 2015
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