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Refunctionalization. First-Person Plural of the Verb Haber in the History of Spanish

Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City 04510, Mexico
Languages 2019, 4(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4010006
Received: 10 October 2018 / Revised: 24 January 2019 / Accepted: 24 January 2019 / Published: 31 January 2019
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Abstract

In this paper, the first-person plural diachronic behaviour of the verb form habemos with an existential value is analysed to explore its recovery in current Spanish as a case of refunctionalization. The latter is understood as timely cooptation of a form, which begins with any of the form’s characteristics. It is known that the cooptation’s origin might be directly, indirectly or not at all related to the previous or original use of the form. Results shown here are based on the analysis of constructions in which the first-person plural verb form of haber is used with a possessive meaning, as an auxiliary, and as existential between the 13th and 21st century. While grammaticalization theory pays attention to processes that culminate with grammatical enrichment of words or constructions, the verb form habemos with an existential meaning does not show that behaviour. It is explained as a case of refunctionalization or, at least, specialization. View Full-Text
Keywords: refunctionalization; specialization; reanalysis; first-person plural of haber; existential verb form habemos refunctionalization; specialization; reanalysis; first-person plural of haber; existential verb form habemos
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Hernández Díaz, A. Refunctionalization. First-Person Plural of the Verb Haber in the History of Spanish. Languages 2019, 4, 6.

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