Degrammaticalized Anglo-Saxon genitive in Spanish

  1. Margarita Mele Marrero 1
  2. María Jesús Pérez Quintero 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna. España
Revista de Filología de la Universidad de La Laguna

ISSN: 0212-4130

Year of publication: 2015

Issue: 33

Pages: 133-152

Type: Article

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The Anglo-Saxon genitive is still considered by historical linguists as a reminiscence of the English language inflectional past. Modern Linguistics has centred its attention on this case as a proof of the process of degrammaticalization in opposition to grammaticalization and, therefore, as a means to deny unidirectionality in the latter. Nevertheless, the use of the Anglo-Saxon genitive, which has spread to other languages, has not been studied as related to degrammaticalization. It is our purpose here to consider this fact specifically in Spanish, providing as data a list of Spanish enterprises in the Canary Islands which include an alien <’s> in their name. Their classification into the types found in Modern English and their analysis may help to understand to what extent this ending has moved forward to its lexicalization. Additionally, this work also emphasizes the importance of contrastive studies to interpret linguistic change. Key words: degrammaticalization, lexicalization, Anglo-Saxon genitive, <’s>, Spanish, Canary Islands, contrastive studies.

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