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The Development of the Articles in Castilian: A Functional Approach

School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary, University of London, London E1 4NS, UK
Languages 2019, 4(2), 20;
Received: 14 March 2019 / Revised: 16 March 2019 / Accepted: 20 March 2019 / Published: 28 March 2019
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The development of the definite and indefinite articles in Castilian may be regarded as an instance of capitalization or adfunctionalization, following partial exaptation of the Latin demonstrative ille, which involves progressive widening without significant loss of function, the rendering of overt distinctions which were previously covert through the contrast between definite article, indefinite article and the “zero” determiner, the creation of new expressive possibilities and the facilitating of further distinctions in the grammatical system in combination with other determiners (usage with possessives, demonstratives and tal is examined). View Full-Text
Keywords: refunctionalization; Castilian articles; definiteness; adfunctionalization; indefiniteness refunctionalization; Castilian articles; definiteness; adfunctionalization; indefiniteness
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