Me voy a tener que ir yendo: A Corpus-Based Study of the Grammaticization of the ir a + INF Construction in Spanish
Jessi Elana Aaron
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This paper examines the development of Spanish Analytic Future (e.g., voy a cantar 'I'm going to sing') using quantitative variationist methodology within a grammaticization framework. Using over 5000 tokens extracted from written and spoken data ranging from the 13th through the early 21st centuries, the author carries out four variable rule analyses, showing how constraints on the choice between the Analytic Future and the Synthetic Future (e.g., cantaré 'I will sing') have shifted since the 17th century. The results indicate a dramatic rise in the relative frequency of the Analytic Future as it has gradually encroached upon linguistic contexts traditionally reserved for the Synthetic Future. Nevertheless, despite drastic changes in relative frequency, constraints on the variation between these two forms have remained quite stable for the past 300 years, and show evidence of the persistence of the original lexical allative meaning of the Analytic Future.
Selected Proceedings of the 9th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Nuria Sagarra and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
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