Variable future tense expression in Andalusian Spanish
Osborne, Samantha D.
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There are currently three manners of expressing futurity in spoken Spanish: the simple future, the periphrastic future, and the futurate present. The distribution of the future tenses in spoken Spanish seems to be undergoing a change, in that the simple future is being used less, and the periphrastic future and futurate present are being used more. This thesis includes a statistical analysis of these three future variants in a corpus of spoken Spanish from the town of Puente Genil in the Andalusian region of Spain to determine their frequency and the linguistic and social factors that influence their use. Factors analyzed include temporal distance, adverbial specification, grammatical person, subject animacy, verb frequency, lexical type of verb, speaker age, and negation.