17.3646, Qs: Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries

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Subject: 17.3646, Qs: Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries

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Date: 08-Dec-2006
From: Brenda Laca < Brenda.Laca at linguist.jussieu.fr >
Subject: Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries 

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Date: Sat, 09 Dec 2006 18:18:02
From: Brenda Laca < Brenda.Laca at linguist.jussieu.fr >
Subject: Perfect/Anterior Auxiliaries 

Modern Portuguese builds its compound tenses with an auxiliary which
-though now used as a general verb of possession- etymologically meant
"hold, maintain, retain". In Bybee et al. sample (Bybee/Perkins/Pagliuca,
The Evolution of grammar) there are scarcely any instances of ''anteriors''
with an auxiliary verb which is not simply stative, but 
''intransformative'' or ''continuative''. 

I would be thankful for other potential cases of  anteriors/perfects built
on the basis of verbs meaning ''hold, keep, retain, stay, remain'' and the
like, as well as for descriptive references on their use. 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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