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Prepositional Infinitives in Romance

A Usage-Based Approach to Syntactic Change


Kim Schulte

Contents: Comparative Romance Linguistics; Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian – Historical syntax – Cognitive, usage-based approach to linguistic change – Corpus-based diachronic analyses – Infinitival constructions: distribution, usage patterns; the interface between syntax, pragmatics and semantics – Explanations for emergence and expansion of prepositional infinitive clauses.