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Grammaticalization and the Life-Cycles of Constructions

@inproceedings{Dahl1998GrammaticalizationAT,
  title={Grammaticalization and the Life-Cycles of Constructions},
  author={{\"O}. Dahl},
  year={1998}
}
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… Expand
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