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Title: Copularisation processes in French: Constructional intertwining, lexical attraction, and other dangerous things
Authors: Lauwers, Peter
TOBBACK, Els 
Issue Date: 2013
Source: FOLIA LINGUISTICA HISTORICA, 34 (1), p. 115-147
Abstract: Copular verbs most often originate from bleached intransitive verbs that have incorporated in their valency originally optional predicative adjuncts. The originally optional element is then reanalyzed as the central predicate and gradually extends its scope through the lexicon along the following path: A>N(P). Although at first sight, the case of the (reflexive) evidential copulas s'averer and se reveler both meaning 'turn out to be' - may look like instances of this general diachronic schema, we argue that the present state is the result, on the one hand, of the complex interaction of the indirect (with comme 'as') and the direct copular construction (constructional intertwining), and, on the other, of lexical attraction between se reveler and s'averer. The case of se reveler and s'averer suggests that copularisation processes are far more diverse and complex than generally assumed.
Keywords: analogy; copular verbs; French; grammaticalisation; lexical attraction
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/16067
ISSN: 0168-647X
DOI: 10.1515/flih.2013.005
ISI #: 000326567400005
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2014
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