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The Use of the Present Perfect (pretérito perfecto compuesto) with Aoristic Value in the Speech of Latin American Students

Department LeLiA, University of Bari, 70121 Bari, Italy
Languages 2019, 4(2), 32; https://doi.org/10.3390/languages4020032
Received: 25 April 2019 / Revised: 27 May 2019 / Accepted: 29 May 2019 / Published: 3 June 2019
This article focuses on the use of the present perfect (he cantado) with aoristic value, or rather, on pre-hodiernal contexts in which, as a rule, the simple form (canté) should appear. This verbal form is examined on the basis of a corpus of semi-guided interviews provided to Latin American students living in Genoa and taking into account its characteristics, the syntactic environment in which it is used, combinations with other verb forms, adverbial complements, temporal expressions, deixis and the communicative context in which it is inserted. This phenomenon has already been analyzed in several recent studies carried out by Azpiazu, Kempas, Montoro del Arco, Bermejo Calleja and Soto, both in European and American contexts, and has led to the conclusion that it could be related to discursive strategies of the speaker as well as to a convergence towards the local language (i.e., Italian). View Full-Text
Keywords: past simple; present perfect; aorist; American Spanish; Latin American immigration; orality past simple; present perfect; aorist; American Spanish; Latin American immigration; orality
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Ariolfo, R. The Use of the Present Perfect (pretérito perfecto compuesto) with Aoristic Value in the Speech of Latin American Students. Languages 2019, 4, 32.

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