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Estudio diacrónico de quitar y toller en la época medieval




Vidales de la Vega, Carlos

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Master's Thesis


Foreign Language and Literature

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In view of the increase in diachronic studies, the focus of this research is to understand the development of the Spanish verbs, quitar and toller. The goal in this investigation is, on the one hand, to study what was the etymological process of the verb quitar from its origin to the end of the Middle Ages; and, on the other hand, to explain the diachronic evolution of the verb toller: a synonym verb of quitar, which disappeared during the Medieval Period. Hence, the era of the verb quitar’s culmination will be highlighted and, consequently, the moment when the verb toller disappeared will be revealed. Moreover, , we will attempt to explain the reasons for this evolution in both verbs. To carry out this study, numerous texts from the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th centuries collected in the Corpus del Nuevo Diccionario Histórico Español (CDH) will be analyzed. Furthermore, Prototype Theory proposed by Dirk Geeraerts in his work Diachronic Prototype Semantics: A Contribution to Historical Lexicology (1997) will be used to explain the reasons for this semantic evolution.