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A Diachronic Analysis of Frequency Adverbials: Variation in Peninsular and Latin American Spanish
Roberto Mayoral Hernández and Asier Alcázar
81-90 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


This paper studies three factors that influence the position of frequency adverbials in written Spanish: gender (male, female), language variety (Latin American, Peninsular) and century (16th - 21st centuries). The results indicate that Latin American men prefer preverbal adverbials. Women show a stable preference for postverbal positions in all Spanish varieties. Spanish men show a slight tendency to increase the number of preverbal adverbials. The diachronic study indicates that Old Spanish had a preference for postverbal adverbials, which may point to the first stages of a diachronic evolution in Spanish syntax initiated by men.

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Selected Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Maurice Westmoreland and Juan Antonio Thomas
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