Scalarity phenomena in the expression of agentivity in French and Spanish

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In the general framework of universal function of « participation », this paper analyses the scalar differences in the expression of agentivity (i.e. the presence of the agent of an action) according to the degree of appropriateness to the « prototype » notion in two typologically and genetically related languages, French and Spanish. The research shows that, in spite of the observed differences, there exists in both languages a form-meaning « co-variation » (a complete iconicity) in the expression of this linguistic phenomenon in French and Spanish.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-31
JournalSynergies Espagne
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Agentivity
  • Grammaticalization
  • Iconicity
  • Participation
  • Scalarity

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