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Exaptation, Refunctionalization, Decapitalization—BE + Past Participle with Intransitive Verbs in Mediaeval and Early Modern Spanish

Department of Romance Philology, Heinrich-Heine University, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
Languages 2018, 3(4), 43; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages3040043
Received: 9 October 2018 / Revised: 1 November 2018 / Accepted: 1 November 2018 / Published: 14 November 2018
The chapter presents the current state of research concerning the development of the BE + past participle constructions from Latin to Spanish. Starting from the description in Rosemeyer (2014) and the theoretical background collated in Kailuweit and Rosemeyer (2015), it will be shown that the functional change does not follow traditional grammaticalization paths. Several concepts that deal with cases contradicting traditional grammaticalization theory will be discussed. ‘Exaption’ (Lass 1990, 1997), focusing on total defunctionalization does not account for the fact that the resultative value of the BE + past participle construction, marginal in Latin, becomes central in Mediaeval Spanish. ‘Refunctionalization’ Smith (2008, 2011) captures this aspect in a more appropriate way. However, the development of the construction could be also conceived as the opposite of what Pountain (2000) describes as ‘capitalization’: a process of ‘decapitalization,’ by which a feature is exploited, not for wider, but for more restricted purposes. View Full-Text
Keywords: past participle construction; auxiliaries; resultatives; exaptation; refunctionalization; capitalization past participle construction; auxiliaries; resultatives; exaptation; refunctionalization; capitalization
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Kailuweit, R. Exaptation, Refunctionalization, Decapitalization—BE + Past Participle with Intransitive Verbs in Mediaeval and Early Modern Spanish. Languages 2018, 3, 43.

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