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Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics

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Semantic Extension in Grammaticalization as a Double-Scope Integration Process: The Case of the Ditransitive Construction with para in Brazilian Portuguese

Enrique Huelva Unternbäumen
Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2012-1119


This article discusses the semantic changes inherent in the grammaticalization process that have led to the ditransitive construction [NP V NP para NP] in Brazilian Portuguese. We have tried to demonstrate that the high complexity of these changes cannot be conceived of solely as the result of a process of desemantization. As an alternative hypothesis, we propose that the conceptual structure of this construction is caused by a specific type of blending called doublescope blending. This type of blending is especially suitable for explaining one of the key features of the conceptual structure of [NP V NP para NP], namely the fact that this structure is composed of semantic aspects from different conceptual domains.

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Published Online: 2015-03-20

Published in Print: 2012-03-01

Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 27–70, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2012-1119.

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