The Spanish Perfects
In this chapter I will be concerned with developing a description of the cross-dialectal distribution of the periphrastic past in Spanish based on the set of features presented and developed in the previous chapter. It is not my intention to provide an exhaustive list of characteristics for every Spanish dialect concerning their usage of the perfect; instead, I will single out several dialects that are particularly representative of the type of variation observed. For each of the relevant cases, I describe those features that distinguish the use of the periphrastic past and attempt to situate them with respect to a Spanish perfect ‘prototype’. It remains to be seen whether or not the endeavor of describing a ‘pan-Spanish’ perfect will bear fruit since widespread variation makes a generalization of this type problematic. Still, there are distinguishable dialect features that will aid us in our description of the Spanish perfect.
KeywordsRelative Clause Speech Time Clause Type Perfect Function Temporal Adverb
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