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ERIC Number: ED549643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 201
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ISBN: 978-1-2672-8342-9
A Sociolinguistic Study of Differential Object Marking (DOM) in Two Varieties of Contemporary Spanish
Balasch Rodriguez, Sonia
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of New Mexico
This sociolinguistic-variationist investigation sheds light on two little-studied issues concerning Spanish DOM, or variable use of a before animate "direct objects" (DOs), in vernacular language: the complex interaction of co-occurring linguistic (type of verb; definiteness, specificity, grammatical number, topicality, type and syntactic position of DO) and social (speaker's age, gender and occupation) features. The statistical analysis of over 1000 tokens of oral Spanish of Mérida, Venezuela, and Madrid, Spain, indicates that although "a" + OD is used more in Madrid (61% vs. 46%), both varieties show markedly parallel linguistic conditioning: the lexical effect of certain verbs ("tener," "ver", "conocer," among others), as well as definite DOs, among others factors, favor the use of a+DO in Mérida and in Madrid. One important difference is that anaphoric/cataphoric coreference has divergent effects in these Spanish varieties. In terms of the social distribution, multivariate analysis of social conditioning of "a" + DO in the Spanish of Mérida reveals relative homogeneity within the community, with a small but measurable effect of occupation, and a historically meaningful increase of the presence of a marking among the speakers between the ages of 30-45 years old. Despite significant differences in distribution, the overall patterns are the same, demonstrating the need to look beyond rates to patterns of occurrence. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain; Venezuela