'Liking' constructions in Spanish: The role of frequency and stimulus category in constructional change

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Abstract

This study examines the diachronic change in argument structure in Spanish psych-verbs of ‘liking’, with emphasis on the change from nominative-experiencer gustar ‘to like’ to dative-experiencer gustar. While previous studies have looked at factors pertaining to frequency and semantics, this change must also be studied taking into account certain syntactic factors, and especially the evolution of prepositional finite clauses introduced by functional prepositions. Results suggest that the subcategorization properties of the preposition are grammatically relevant in determining the linguistic encoding of the arguments of Spanish ‘liking’ constructions. This study offers an extensive corpus study of ‘liking’ verbs, spanning the 13th to the 17th centuries, and adopts a constructionist usage-based view of syntactic productivity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistorical Linguistics 2017
Subtitle of host publication Selected Papers from the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, San Antonio, Texas, 31 July - 4 August, 2017
EditorsBridget Drinka
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Apr 2019
Event23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics - San Antonio, United States
Duration: 31 Jul 20174 Aug 2017

Conference

Conference23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics
CountryUnited States
CitySan Antonio
Period31/07/174/08/17

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Mojedano Batel, A. (Accepted/In press). 'Liking' constructions in Spanish: The role of frequency and stimulus category in constructional change. In B. Drinka (Ed.), Historical Linguistics 2017: Selected Papers from the 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics, San Antonio, Texas, 31 July - 4 August, 2017 John Benjamins.