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Movement Towards Discourse Is Not Grammaticalization: The Evolution of claro from Adjective to Discourse Particle in Spoken Spanish
Francisco Ocampo
308-319 (complete paper or proceedings contents)

Abstract

This work traces the development of the Spanish adjective claro from its Latin origins to its present use as a discourse particle.The analysis is based on a concordance of 13th to 19th Century texts, and on a corpus of informal conversations. The characteristics of the path followed by claro are compared with the characteristics of grammaticalization. The results show that while this process shares features with grammaticalization, there are also many differences. This apparent contradiction dissolves when a wider picture is considered. Grammaticalization is part of a process of semantic change involving three poles, that includes four movements: grammaticalization, degrammaticalization, recodification, and discoursivization.

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Selected Proceedings of the 9th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Nuria Sagarra and Almeida Jacqueline Toribio
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