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Up and down the Cline: The Nature of Grammaticalization

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The basic idea behind this volume is to probe the nature of grammaticalization. Its contributions focus on the following questions: (i) In how far can grammaticalization be considered a universal diachronic process or mechanism of change and in how far is it conditioned by synchronic factors? (ii) What is the role of the speaker in grammaticalization? (iii) Does grammaticalization itself provide a cause for change or is it an epiphenomenon, i.e. a conglomeration of causal factors/mechanisms which elsewhere occur ...

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Overview

The basic idea behind this volume is to probe the nature of grammaticalization. Its contributions focus on the following questions: (i) In how far can grammaticalization be considered a universal diachronic process or mechanism of change and in how far is it conditioned by synchronic factors? (ii) What is the role of the speaker in grammaticalization? (iii) Does grammaticalization itself provide a cause for change or is it an epiphenomenon, i.e. a conglomeration of causal factors/mechanisms which elsewhere occur independently? (iv) If it is epiphenominal, how do we explain that similar pathways so often occur in known cases of grammaticalization? (v) Is grammaticalization unidirectional? (vi) What is the nature of the parameters guiding grammaticalization? The overall aim of the book is to enrich our understanding of what grammaticalization does or does not entail via detailed case studies in combination with theoretical and methodological discussions.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781588115058
  • Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Typological Studies in Language Series
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : in search of grammaticalization 1
On directionality in language change with particular reference to grammaticalization 17
Rescuing traditional (historical) linguistics from grammaticalization theory 45
The English s-genitive : a case of degrammaticalization? 73
An investigation into the marginal modals dare and need in British present-day English : a corpus-based approach 97
Redefining unidirectionality : is there life after modality? 115
From pronominalizer to pragmatic marker : implications for unidirectionality from a crosslinguistic perspective 137
Conditionals and subjectification : implications for a theory of semantic change 169
Unidirectionality in the grammaticalization of modality in Greek 193
How cognitive is grammaticalization? : the history of the Catalan perfet perifrastic 211
Perfect and resultative constructions in spoken and non-standard English 229
Grammaticalization and standardization 247
External factors behind cross-linguistic similarities 263
What constitutes a case of grammaticalization? : evidence from the development of copulas from demonstratives in Passamaquoddy 281
Multi-categorial items as underspecified lexical entries : the case of Kambera wangu 299
The acquisition of polysemous forms : the case of bei2 ("give") in Cantonese 325
Phonetic absence as syntactic prominence : grammaticalization in isolating tonal languages 345
Grammaticalization of word order : evidence from Lithuanian 363
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