Chapter published in:Aspects of Latin American Spanish Dialectology: In honor of Terrell A. Morgan
Edited by Manuel Díaz-Campos and Sandro Sessarego
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 32] 2021
► pp. 69–93
Variation and pragmatic enrichment
Dar + gerund in Highland Ecuadorian Spanish
Dar + gerund is a periphrastic benefactive found in the Spanish of highland Ecuador and southern Colombia. Prior research has focused on the construction’s origin, syntactic constraints, and politeness: the present study examines the pragmatic restrictions of dar + gerund declaratives. Using native speaker intuitions and heuristics from previous studies, I show that the most significant implication present is that it is not the sole responsibility of the agent to do the task. Thus, Daniel dio lavando la ropa is felicitous if Daniel is part of a group of people responsible for washing the clothes or if it was someone else’s responsibility entirely, but infelicitous if Daniel was solely responsible.
Keywords: Ecuadorian Spanish, + gerund, projective content, pragmatics
Published online: 12 January 2021
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