"Trump tuiteó su malestar"English Argument Structure Borrowing in Spanish

  1. Montse Martínez Vázquez 1
  1. 1 Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Universidad Pablo de Olavide

    Sevilla, España

    ROR https://ror.org/02z749649

RAEL: revista electrónica de lingüística aplicada

ISSN: 1885-9089

Year of publication: 2020

Volume: 19

Issue: 2

Pages: 126-144

Type: Article

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This paper investigates argument structure borrowing as regards the verb tuitear from the model of the English verb tweet. In order to test this borrowing hypothesis, two research questions are posed: 1) To what extent does the Spanish verb mirror the argument structure of the English verb?; and 2) Is the argument structure of tuitear dissimilar to other semantically related Spanish verbs? This study is based on empirical evidence from Davies’s News on the Web (NOW) English and Spanish corpora. The analysis of two samples of 1,000 constructions of tweet and tuitear reveals a striking similarity in structural behavior. The contrast with other Spanish instrument-of-communication verbs (e.g. telefonear, telegrafiar, faxear, radiar, televisar, cartear and cablegrafiar) shows that the behavior of tuitear is unique in this class.

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