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Andá a cantarle a Gardel: From the Abstract to the Concrete in el lunfardo porteño
Philip Thornberry
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Previous works in grammaticalization have shown that abstract ideas are generally conceived of through concrete notions. This paper, however, shows that speakers of el lunfardo porteño, a substandard variety of Rioplatense Spanish, have conceptualized concrete notions through abstract ideas, something that is typically not observed in standard communicative situations. It is shown here that a desire to purposefully mask language motivates this unexpected movement from the abstract to the concrete. Finally, this paper demonstrates that a non-prototypical variety of lexicalization best characterizes this movement.

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Selected Proceedings of the 15th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Chad Howe, Sarah E. Blackwell, and Margaret Lubbers Quesada
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