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Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0176-4225
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9714
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Abstract

The Romance languages all display periphrastic perfects that can be traced to Latin [habere “have” + noun + perfect participle]. A new survey of the Latin corpus reveals that this string had three distinct structures and values. I argue that the likeliest source of the perfects is a periphrasis denoting the achievement of a result or a persisting resultant state. This implies that the relationship between possessive and auxiliary habere is more complex than previously supposed. Finally, I examine the range of values that this periphrasis takes across the Romance languages. I maintain that the growth of the perfect at the expense of the preterite followed an orderly pattern, with requirements on the temporal denotation of the perfect successively relaxed.
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2011-01-01
2019-09-20
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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): auxiliary , grammaticalization , Latin , perfect , possession and Romance
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