Explaining the irreversibility of grammaticalization

Explaining the irreversibility of grammaticalization

by Eleni Stefanidou

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Overview

Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,0, University of Wuppertal (Anglistik/Amerikanistik), course: Sprachwissenschaft, 5 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: The paper deals with the unidirectionality of grammaticalization, which is explained by Haspelmath within a usage-based theory of language change as proposed by Keller, who sees language change as an invisible-hand process. Haspelmath focuses on the maxim of extravagance as the main factor for irreversibility. The notion of extravagance was criticised by Geurts as being inappropriate and unnecessary for explaining the unidirectionality of grammaticalization. Haspelmath's explanation is extended by Huelva Unternbäumen, who derives the irreversibility of grammaticalization from three conditions that have to be fulfilled grammaticalization and degrammaticalization to take place.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783638899000
Publisher: GRIN Verlag GmbH
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Sold by: CIANDO
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 14
File size: 184 KB

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