Poppe, Erich






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Poppe, Erich, “Convergence and divergence: the emergence of a ‘future’ in the British languages”, Transactions of the Philological Society 94 (1996, 1996): 119–160.

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“Convergence and divergence: the emergence of a ‘future’ in the British languages”
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94
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119–160
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The future paradigms of Modern Welsh and Modern Breton have historically different sources, the present indicative and present subjunctive respectively. This article presents evidence for the uses of these paradigms in medieval texts, from an earlier stage in the process of grammaticalization of the future. An explanation for the present and future readings of Middle Welsh verbs is suggested which is based on the inherent aspectuality of the verb, and some typological parallels for the developments in Welsh and Breton are discussed.
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Middle Welsh Modern Welsh Modern Breton