After a description of the motion verbs aller and venir work, we develop a hypothesis according to which their grammaticalisation into auxiliaries relies on the spatial element that structures their shared semantics – movement towards a destination – as well as their distinctive feature: a deictic (venir) or non-deictic (aller) orientation of the movement. We test that hypothesis against an analysis of the main uses of periphrases in the [aller / venir (+prep.) + V(infinitive, gerund)] pattern.
|Translated title of the contribution||What remains of the spatial meaning of motion verbs aller and venir in their grammaticalization into modal-aspectual-temporal auxiliaries?|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|