Diacronia 6, September 30, 2017, A89 (1–14)doi:10.17684/i6A89en

The perfective auxiliary o in the Moldavian variety. Diachrony and synchrony

Mădălina Botez1, Adina Dragomirescu1 2 3


1Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest, Str. Edgar Quinet 5–7, Sector 1, 010017 Bucharest, Romania
2“Iorgu Iordan – Al. Rosetti” Institute of Linguistics, Calea 13 Septembrie 13, 050711 Bucharest, Romania
3The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest, 36–46 Mihail Kogălniceanu Bd., 050107 Bucharest, Romania


Received May 3, 2017
Accepted May 13, 2017
Published September 30, 2017

Key words

Moldavian variety
compound past


The aim of the paper is the analysis of the perfective auxiliary o in the Moldavian variety. The paper starts by discussing the origin, the dating, the localization, and the evolution of the form o in Romanian, until the 19th century. Against the literature and the linguistic atlases according to which the form o is general in Moldavia, our corpus study has revealed that the forms a and au are also used alongside the form o, under the influence of the standard language; moreover, the form o shows a tendency towards specialization for contexts with multiple cliticization.

Our analysis—which contributes to the understanding of the phonology-morphology interface—can be extended to the study of other regional varieties of Romanian.


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    Text:1, M. B. & 3, A. D. <. 2. (2017). The perfective auxiliary o in the Moldavian variety. Diachrony and synchrony, Diacronia 6 (September 30), A89 (1–14),
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{botez 12017,
     author = {Mădălina Botez 1, Adina Dragomirescu 1 2 3},
     title = {The perfective auxiliary o in the Moldavian variety. Diachrony and synchrony},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2017},
     month = {September},
     number = {6},
     eid = {A89},
     doi = {10.17684/i6A89en},
     pages = "(1–14)",
     url = {}


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