Variation in the grammaticalization of complementizers from verba dicendi in Sinitic languages

  title={Variation in the grammaticalization of complementizers from verba dicendi in Sinitic languages},
  author={Hilary Chappell},
Abstract This article presents the first study of crosslinguistic variation in grammaticalization processes affecting verba dicendi in Sinitic languages, making use of discourse data in the comparison. Its principal objective is to undertake a quantitative analysis of say verbs used as complementizers in Southern Min and Cantonese in order to pinpoint the stages reached in grammaticalization. In particular, it will be argued that Southern Min is more advanced in its development of a… 

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