Toledo against Madrid in the conformation of the modern Spanish: the pronominal unaccented system

Revista de Filología Española. 2018;98(1):185-215 DOI 10.3989/rfe.2018.08


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Journal Title: Revista de Filología Española

ISSN: 0210-9174 (Print); 1988-8538 (Online)

Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Society/Institution: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

LCC Subject Category: Language and Literature: Philology. Linguistics

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Spanish

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Pedro Sánchez-Prieto Borja (Universidad de Alcalá)

Delfina Vázquez Balonga (Universidad de Alcalá)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 48 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

In recent decades nearly all the studies about Spanish unstressed object pronouns state that the most important pattern for the choice of le(s)/lo(s) forms with direct object function is the semantic kind (countable or uncountable) of reference noun. Nowadays Madrid and Toledo territories are included within this so-called “reference” system. The aim of this paper is to compare data based on unpublished archive documents from both Madrid and Toledo provinces in order to: 1) determine whether this system was in use in the Middle Ages; 2) establish its contextual use since the 16th century; 3) check if the le-system spread to all social dialects, and 4) describe in detail internal geographic variation in central Castilian.