Verbal semantics and the diachronic development of DOM in Spanish

@article{Heusinger2008VerbalSA,
  title={Verbal semantics and the diachronic development of DOM in Spanish},
  author={K. Heusinger},
  journal={Probus},
  year={2008},
  volume={20},
  pages={1-31}
}
The use of the marker a with a direct object in Spanish is an instance of Differential Object Marking (DOM), which is cross linguistically a well-documented phenomenon. In Spanish, there are two main dimensions that determine amarking of direct objects: (i) the semantic and (discourse) pragmatic properties of the direct object, such as animacy, definiteness, specificity and topicality; and (ii) the lexical semantics of the verb, such as aktionsart properties and selectional restrictions with… Expand

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