Grammaticalization and Language Change

Grammaticalization and Language Change

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This collective volume focuses on the latest developments in the study of grammaticalization and related processes of change such as degrammaticalization, constructionalization, lexicalization, and petrification. It addresses topical issues relating to the motivations, sources, defining features, and outcomes of these changes. New theoretical reflections are offered on the pragmatic motivation of grammaticalization paths, process-oriented differences between grammaticalization, lexicalization and degrammaticalization, the question of gradualness and pace of grammaticalization, and deictics as a distinct source of grammaticalization. The articles describe various constructional and distributional changes affecting deictics, determiners, reflexives, clitics, nouns, affixes, adverbs and (auxiliary) verbs, mainly in the Germanic and Romance languages. The volume will be of great interest to historical linguists working on grammaticalization and related changes, and to all linguists working on the interface between morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics and discourse.To choose a simple example, a particular car might be referred to as a black Ford Focus, a compact car, a vehicle, a car ... phonemea€ (Croft 2010:4), we would expect hearers to be equally unable to replicate the variation thus generated in their own speech for exactly the same reasons. ... change (Croft 2000), is based on the same assumption of errors in transmission as source of language change also.

Title:Grammaticalization and Language Change
Author:Kristin Davidse, Tine Breban, Lieselotte Brems, Tanja Mortelmans
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2012-10-30


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