Continuity and Innovation in Peruvian Spanish: Pragmatics and Contact in (Differential) Object Marking

Elisabeth Mayer, Manuel Delicado Cantero

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    Elisabeth Mayer and Manuel Delicado Cantero analyze the evolution of differential object marking (DOM) on primary object marking in certain Peruvian Spanish contact varietes. In particular, they analyze the cases of extended DOM, that is, the extension of the prepositional accusative to topical inanimate objects. The authors argue that this change is regulated by pragmatic strategies, continuing the diachronically well-attested struggle between the dative and accusative for primary object status in monotransitive clauses. This constitutes continuity as well as innovation of differential object marking. The paper highlights the contact avenues which arguably favored such changes (between Quechua and Spanish, and between Andean Spanish and Standard Peruvian Spanish), thus illustrating the role of contact as an integral mechanism of change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew Perspectives on Hispanic Contact Linguistics in the Americas
    EditorsSandro Sessarego and Melvin Gonzalez-Rivera
    Place of PublicationMadrid and Frankfurt am Main
    PublisherIberoamericana Vervuert
    ISBN (Print)9788484898771
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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