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The Use of the Preterite and the Present Perfect in the Spanish of Lima

Jara Yupanqui, Ileana Margarita (2006) The Use of the Preterite and the Present Perfect in the Spanish of Lima. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This is a study of the use of the present perfect and the preterite in the Spanish of Lima, Peru. It explores whether specific linguistic factors, such as situation type, temporal adverbials and type of speech, as well as social factors, such as age, gender and social stratum have an effect on the use of these verb forms. It also aims to find out whether the frequency of the preterite is increasing or not through time, and whether there is evidence of a change in progress. The study also discusses the extent to which the distribution of the preterite and the present perfect in the Limeño variety reflects a process of dialect and language contact. This is an experimental study that uses a questionnaire as a data-collecting instrument, created with the purpose of comparing the same linguistic context and tense choice. This study involves sixty-four participants, all of them Limeño Spanish monolinguals. Results show a significant effect of the linguistic factors on the selection of the preterite and the present perfect, as well as of their interactions with social factors. They also give evidence of different patterns of tense choice according to social to strata, which seem to be linked to language contact. Results also provide evidence of the interface between lexical properties and the grammatical categories of external aspect and tense, thus giving information about how the language components interact, and indirectly supporting a modular approach to the study of language.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Jara Yupanqui, Ileana Margaritailj2@pitt.eduILJ2
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairJosé Masullo, Pascualpascual@pitt.eduPASCUAL
Committee MemberStiehm, Brucebgs@pitt.eduBGS
Committee MemberBratt Paulston, Christinapaulston@pitt.eduPAULSTON
Committee MemberKiesling, Scottkiesling@pitt.eduKIESLING
Date: 28 September 2006
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 4 May 2006
Approval Date: 28 September 2006
Submission Date: 29 June 2006
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: aspect; preterite; present perfect; Spanish of Lima
Other ID:, etd-06292006-131807
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:49
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:45


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