Venir de (+ infinitive):an immediate anteriority marker in French


This paper deals with the grammaticalization of venir into aspectual auxiliary of immediate anteriority, against the traditional approach (Gougenheim 1929/1971) according to which venir de + inf., would express recent past and so would be a temporal auxiliary. On the basis of the (revised) Reichenbachian model, it shows that venir de + inf. bears upon the relationship between R and E (aspect) and not on the relationship between R and S (time). This analysis allows explain why venir, in this periphrasis, is defective (i.e. why venir cannot be conjugated in the passé simple or in any compound tense).

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > French
Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Additional Information: Labeau, E., & Bres, J. (2015). Venir de (+ infinitive): An immediate anteriority marker in French. Diachronica. Vol. 32, no.4, p530-570. © the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
Uncontrolled Keywords: venir de + inf,aspectual auxiliary of anteriority, defective conjugation,grammaticalisation of movement verbs,recent past,immediate anteriority,Linguistics and Language,Philosophy
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Published Date: 2015-12
Authors: Brès, Jacques
Labeau, Emmanuelle ( 0000-0002-0041-8023)



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