The rise of the periphrastic perfect tense in the continental West Germanic languages

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This article adopts the traditional claim in Dutch linguistics that periphrastic perfect-tense constructions gradually developed out of copular-like constructions with HAVE and BE. It argues that this development was made possible by the introduction of two morphological rules. The first rule derives verbal (event-denoting) participles from adjectival (property-denoting) participles, which gave rise to periphrastic perfect-tense constructions with transitive and mutative intransitive verbs. At a later stage this rule was replaced by a rule (still productive in present-day Dutch) that derives verbal participles from verbal stems, as a result of which the periphrastic perfect tense spread to non-mutative intransitive verbs. The article concludes by showing that this account is superior to Coussé’s (2008) flexible user-based account within the constructionist framework, which rejects the categorial distinction between adjectival and verbal participles.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelThe perfect volume
SubtitelPapers on the perfect
RedacteurenKristin Melum Eide, Marc Fryd
Plaats van productieAmsterdam/Philadephia
UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishing
Aantal pagina's29
ISBN van elektronische versie9789027259998
ISBN van geprinte versie9789027208606
StatusGepubliceerd - 2021

Publicatie series

NaamStudies in Language Companion


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