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The Role of Elision in Evolutionary Processes

Departamento de Lengua Española y Lingüística General, Facultad de Filología, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), E-28040 Madrid, Spain
Languages 2019, 4(1), 12;
Received: 21 December 2018 / Revised: 11 February 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 17 February 2019
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Changes by elision—as well as those due to processes of adfunctionalization or refunctionalization—must be taken into account as explanatory mechanisms of linguistic change. In this paper, we study the role of elision in the theoretical overview of explanatory theories of language change by focusing on the evolutionary process of the Spanish adverb aparte. We analyze the consequences of the elision of an initial construction for the development of new functions as an exceptive or additive adverb, and as an additive connector with a specific meaning, conditioned by the evolution of the entire construction. We find that, in this case, the ellipsis of a verbal element has led to important modifications of the preserved item (aparte), not only at the semantic-pragmatic and functional levels but also in its category membership. View Full-Text
Keywords: elision; connector; construction; evolutionary process elision; connector; construction; evolutionary process
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