Compré un poco de libros: ¿un uso característico del español de Venezuela?

Sedano, Mercedes; Guirado, Krístel
January 2009
Verba: Anuario Galego de Filoloxia;Jan2009, Vol. 36, p67
Academic Journal
This study focuses on the use of the locution un poco de + noun in two corpora collected by the Real Academia Española: the corde for diachronic and crea for synchronic Spanish. The results show that, both synchronically and diachronically, un poco de is used mostly to modify an non-count noun in singular, with the meaning of 'reduced amount' (Bebí un poco de agua, 'I drank a little water'). While in the corde only one occurrence of un poco de + plural noun was found, in the crea the use of un poco de + plural noun is present, even if in low percentages, in various Hispanic countries, especially in Venezuela, where this locution is interpreted as 'quite a few/many' (Compré un poco de libros 'I bought quite a few/many books'). In this work, we attempt to explain the syntactic and semantic change of un poco de in Venezuela and we recommend a similar study in depth in other countries.


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