Some remarks on the role of the reference point in the construal configuration of “more” and “less” grounding predications
In Cognitive Grammar, grounding predications are by definition highly grammaticalized elements. As grammaticalization is a gradient phenomenon, this chapter argues for a more gradual view on grounding. It is proposed that a particular linguistic unit may show a weaker or a stronger degree of grounding. The degree of grounding is closely connected with the degree of grammaticalization. Moreover, different degrees in grounding and grammaticalization match different degrees in subjectification. The model suggested here highlights the role of the relevant reference point in the construal configuration of a linguistic unit. The application of the model is illustrated using the example of the German preterit subjunctive, and the constructions werden/würde + infinitive.