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Grammaticalization and the Life-Cycles of Constructions

  title={Grammaticalization and the Life-Cycles of Constructions},
  author={{\"O}sten Dahl},
Grammaticalization is commonly seen as "a process which turns lexemes into grammatical formatives and makes grammatical formatives still more grammatical". In this paper, it is argued that grammaticalization has to be treated in the wider perspective of the life cycles of grammatical constructions. The notion of an "inflationary process" is invoked in order to explain what goes on in grammaticalization. It is argued that the degree of independence of an element of a linguistic expression… 

Pragmaticalization (defined) as grammaticalization of discourse functions

Abstract The article discusses definitions of grammaticalization, pragmaticalization and (inter)subjectification in order to clarify the relations between these terms. While grammaticalization is

Nominal reduplication in Indonesian challenging the theory of grammatical change

This paper aims to evaluate the possibility of dealing with reduplication within the framework of grammaticalization theory. The question is not trivial, given that reduplication differs

Konstruktionen und Paradigmen

Abstract The notion of constructions—as the basic semiotic units of language varying in complexity, size and degree of abstraction—has proved to be useful in diachronic research in general and in

Grammatical polysemy in the Hebrew Bible : a cognitive linguistic approach to כי

definitions of יכ repeatedly face such difficulties. As will be discussed further in section 6.1.2, this is due to the fact that polysemy, rather than a highly abstract monosemy, is the norm in

Grammaticalization vs. Reanalysis: a Semantic- Pragmatic Account of Functional Change in Grammar

Most current theorizing conceives of grammaticalization (and reanalysis) in purely structural-descriptive terms, according to Lehmann's (1995) parameters. But these leave fundamental questions

Autonomous and non-autonomous components of 'grammatic(al)ization': economy criteria in the emergence of German negation

In recent papers on the ever burning topic, the notion of grammatic(al)ization has undergone a curious, since unprecedented erosion, to the extent that various diachronic changes are subsumed under

The (socio-)linguistic cycle of Definite Article Reduction

Dialect speakers in the North of England use vowel-less forms of the definite article (the) which are unattested in English varieties elsewhere and have been termed Definite Article Reduction (DAR).

Latin UNUS and the discourse properties of unity cardinals

  • G. Schaden
  • Linguistics
    Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique
  • 2020
Abstract This article investigates the discourse behaviour of Latin unus (‘one’) in the Vulgate, in order to better understand the starting point of the grammaticalization process ultimately leading

The expression of modifiers and arguments in the noun phrase and beyond : A typological study

This dissertation investigates to what extent the modifier/argument opposition constrains the morphosyntactic expression of possessive NPs, adpositional phrases and verbal main clauses and demonstrates the typological relevance of the semantic opposition between modifiers and arguments, in the possessive NP and beyond.

Les aspects évolutifs des exposants de la réciprocité médiévaux. Anciennes et nouvelles méthodes de recherche

The present paper revolves around unusual paths of grammaticalization of Old French (12th century) reciprocal markers. This methodological framework requires medieval means of expressing reciprocity



The Evolution of Grammar: Tense, Aspect, and Modality in the Languages of the World

This analysis reveals that lexical substance evolves into grammatical substance through various mechanisms of change, such as metaphorical extension and the conventionalization of implicature, providing clear evidence that language use is a major factor in the evolution of synchronic language states.

Regularity and Idiomaticity in Grammatical Constructions: The Case of Let Alone

Through the detailed investigation of the syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of one grammatical construction, that containing the conjunction let alone, we explore the view that the realm of

On the nature of noun incorporation

Sadock 1986 has devoted considerable effort to demonstrating that denominal verb formation in Greenlandic Eskimo shares none of the semantic or pragmatic functions of noun incorporation as generally

The evolution of noun incorporation

State University of New York, Albany Noun incorporation is perhaps the most nearly syntactic of all morphological processes. Examination of the phenomenon across a large number of geographically and

The Polysynthesis Parameter

Baker argues that polysynthetic languages are more than an accidental collection of morphological processes; rather they adopt a systematic way of representing predicate-argument relationships, parallel to but distinct from the system used for English.

Syntax: A Functional-Typological Introduction

Background methodological preliminaries - communicative function and syntactic structure word classes simple sentences - predications and case-roles case-marking typology - subject, object and

Tense and aspect systems

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The Evolution of Grammar

A blood collection and separator assembly of the type suitable for centrifuging to separate the plasma/serum or light phase from the heavy or cellular phase of blood is disclosed. The assembly

Grammaticalization: synchronic variation and diachronic change

titulus Grammaticalization Synchronic variation and diachronic change huius textus situs retis mundialis