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Binominal quantifiers in Spanish: syntagmatic and paradigmatic analogy in interaction

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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. Within the framework of grammaticalization, analogy is usually considered as a precondition for change. One of the hotly debated topics is its status as a mechanism or a motivation for change. The present paper aims to investigate the role of analogy in the development of Spanish binominal quantifiers and zooms in on the histories of seven quantifying nouns, viz., aluvión, barbaridad, (h)atajo, letanía, mar, montón and pila. The distinct nature of the developmental pathways followed tones down the triggering force or coercing impact of rather schematic constructions. Analogy is operationalized as a two-dimensional process: a clear distinction is made between paradigmatic analogical thinking (which motivates change) and syntagmatic analogical thinking (which also constrains change and interacts with conceptual persistence). In addition, analogical mechanisms are at work both construction-internally and construction-externally.
Tijdschrift: Language Sciences
ISSN: 0388-0001
Volume: 53
Pagina's: 114 - 135
Jaar van publicatie:2016