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Pathways of Change: Grammaticalization in English
     

Pathways of Change: Grammaticalization in English

by Olga Fischer (Editor), Anette Rosenbach (Editor), Dieter Stein (Editor), Sylvia M. Adamson, Minoji Akimoto
 
There is a continual growth of interest among linguists of all-theoretical denominations in grammaticalization, a concept central to many linguistic (change) theories. However, the discussion of grammaticalization processes has often suffered from a shortage of concrete empirical studies from one of the best-documented languages in the world, English. Pathways of

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There is a continual growth of interest among linguists of all-theoretical denominations in grammaticalization, a concept central to many linguistic (change) theories. However, the discussion of grammaticalization processes has often suffered from a shortage of concrete empirical studies from one of the best-documented languages in the world, English. Pathways of Change contains discussion of new data and provides theoretical lead articles based on these data that will help sharpen the theoretical aspects involved, such as the definition and the logical connection of the component processes of grammaticalization. The volume is concentrated around a number of themes that are important or controversial in grammaticalization studies, such as the principle of unidirectionality, the relation between lexicalization and grammaticalization — and connected with these two factors the possibility of degrammaticalization — the way iconicity interweaves with grammaticalization processes, and with the phenomenon of grammaticalization on a synchronic or discourse level, also often termed subjectifization.

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Agustinus Gianto
Nearly all the paper published in this volume have in one way or another provided grounds for reevaluating the principle of unidirectionality of change which is often considered a basic feature of grammaticalizaiton.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556199394
Publisher:
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Series:
Studies in Language Companion Series
Pages:
408

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