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Abstract

This contribution presents a comparison of the French prepositional expressions on the one hand and on the other. We aim to show that and can be used as complex predicates resulting from a lexicalisation process, whereas has been transformed into a marker of grammatical aspect as a consequence of a grammaticalization process. We then propose that the different evolution of both expressions can be explained by the fact that had already in Old French a more abstract meaning than and , which allowed it to designate a series of actions in direction of an objective. Finally, we propose to explain the emergence of + deverbal noun / infinitive as an aspectual marker by noticing that it was created at the moment French developed other analytic aspectual expressions in accordance with an abstract constructional pattern ‘expression/verb of movement + infinitive’.

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