Morphosyntactic variation in Spanish dialects: A diachronic analysis

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Abstract

In this research, we analyze some Spanish grammatical phenomena which, according to the Nueva Gramática de la Lengua Española of Real Academia Española (2009), are characteristic of some of its dialects. For instance, the adjectivation of adverbs such as medio and bastante, the combination of un otro, the sí propio 'sí mismo' construction, the placement of unstressed personal pronouns, the pronominal use of recordar, and the expression cada que 'siempre que'. Taking their presence in two corpus (CORDE and CORPES XXI) and the fact that dialectology studies, grammars or linguistic atlas barely pay attention to morphosyntactic variation, this study demonstrates that such grammatical structures are to be considered the result of linguistic change as they do appear in earlier stages of Spanish, with more or less vitality according to period and text typology. Thus, this paper shows that diachronic analyses can provide valuable information on the issue of Spanish dialectal morphosyntactic variation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-407
JournalZeitschrift fur Romanische Philologie
Volume131
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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