Conflation processes in the formation of Spanish verbs with a prepositional object

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This chapter analyzes prepositional denominal verbs; specifically, it focuses on the importance of prepositions in the formation process of certain denominal verbs from a diachronic perspective, paying attention to their origin and their syntactic and semantic evolution. The paper outlines the local hypothesis supporting the formation of prepositional denominal verbs; that is, it justifies the semantic, syntactic and morphological conflation shown by these verbs in terms of a local metaphor, since all the examined examples present a conflation process that is based on a motion schema. This local-based schema selects certain prepositions which anchor the location or the direction in which the event is carried out. Keywords: prepositional denominal verbs; diachronic perspective; local hypothesis; conflation


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