Grammaticization, Synchronic Variation, and Language Contact

A study of Spanish progressive -ndo constructions

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This study of Old Spanish and present-day Mexico and New Mexico data develops a grammaticization account of variation in progressive constructions. Diachronic changes in cooccurrence patterns show that grammaticization involves reductive change driven by frequency increases. Formal reduction results in the emergence of auxilliary-plus-gerund sequences as fused units. Semantically, the constructions originate as spatial expressions; their grammaticization involves gradual loss of locative features of meaning. Semantic generalization among parallel evolutionary paths results in the competition among different constructions in the domain of progressive aspect. Patterns of synchronic variation follow from both the retention of meaning differences and the routinization of frequent collocations, as well as sociolinguistic factors. Register considerations turn out to be crucial in evaluating the effects of language contact. Purported changes in Spanish — English bilingual varieties are largely a feature of oral, informal language rather than a manifestation of convergence.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 52]  2000.  xvi, 255 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of Figures
xi
List of Tables
xiii
Acknowledgments
xv
1. Introduction
1
2. Formal reduction in grammaticization: Diachronic changes in the form of -ndo constructions
31
3. Evidence for semantic reduction: Changing patterns of cooccurring locative and temporal expressions
71
4. Frequency effects and layering in the domain of progressive aspect: The shifting semantic territory of -ndo constructions
115
5. From progressive to experiential habitual
177
Conclusion
227
References
231
Appendices
243
Index
247
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00028922