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Change in Verbal Systems- Issues on Explanation

Kerstin Eksell and Thora Vinther

This volume presents nine contributions to the study of changes in the verbal system of French and Spanish as well as of Indian, Semitic and Slavic languages. Following new trends in the study of language development, language change is described as processes of grammaticalisation, reanalysis and actualisation. The onset of language change is described as being pragmatically conditioned, at the service of felicitous communication between speaker and listener. This process is further seen as closely interacting with socio-cultural factors as well as drift and language typology.
Contents: Henning Andersen: Periphrastic futures in Slavic. Divergence and convergence – Ulrich Detges: Aspect and pragmatics. The passé composé in Old French and the Old Spanish perfecto compuesto – Kerstin Eksell: The origin and development of the cursive b-imperfect in Syrian Arabic – Anne Jensen: The emergence of progressive aspect in modern Nahuatl – Kirsten Kragh: Aspects of grammaticalization. The French subjunctive - a reduced paradigm – Jan Lindschouw: Grammaticalization, assertion and concession in French and Spanish – Johan Pedersen: The Spanish connective and verbal mood. Changes in the mood-selection of de ahí/aquí que – Lene Schøsler : « Vivre ça me fout la trouille. Mourir plus encore, mais vivre ça me fait vraiment peur. » A diachronic perspective on support verb constructions – Thora Vinther: The development of the Spanish verb ir into an auxiliary of gradual process.