Walking on the Grammaticalization Path of the Definite Article

Functional Main and Side Roads

| Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
| Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
ISBN 9789027204943 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027261564 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
This volume focuses on the grammaticalization of the definite article in German. It contains eight empirically-based papers which examine individual stages of the grammaticalization path from its beginnings as a demonstrative to the definite article and beyond. Focusing on cognitive, pragmatic, semantic and syntactic factors, the contributions not only address the development from pragmatic to semantic definiteness, but also deal with functional and formal changes starting as soon as the linguistic unit has acquired the function of marking semantic definiteness. Based on corpora spanning the entire history of the German language, from Old High German (750-1050) to present-day German, the analyses challenge the traditional linear model of grammaticalization and provide alternative pathways. What all the contributions have in common is the idea that the main grammaticalization path is accompanied or crossed by several side roads which lead to different destinations such as preposition-article-clitics, generic usages or onymic articles.
[Studies in Language Variation, 23]  2020.  vi, 253 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Walking on the grammaticalization path of the definite article – functional main and side roads
Renata Szczepaniak and Johanna Flick
Section I. “From pragmatic to semantic definiteness”
A complex grammaticalization scenario for the definite article: The interplay of different article forms
Eva Schlachter
The grammaticalization of the definite article in German: From demonstratives to weak definites
Ulrike Demske
What genericity reveals about the establishment of the definite determiner in German
Svetlana Petrova
Section II. “Syntactic contexts, cognition and grammaticalization”
The role of the definite article in the rise of the German Framing Principle: A comparative study of verbal and nominal constructions in the Old High German Muspilli and the Old English Dream of the Rood
Elke Ronneberger-Sibold
Cliticization of definite articles to prepositions in Middle High German – early stages of grammaticalization? A qualitative study
Sandra Waldenberger
Absence as evidence: Determination and coordination ellipsis in conjoined noun phrases in (Early) New High German
Antje Dammel
Section III. “From definite into onymic article – and finally onymic classifier”
The rise of the onymic article in Early New High German: Areal factors and the triggering effect of bynames
Mirjam Schmuck
Die Capital – der Astra – das Adler : The emergence of a classifier system for proper names in German
Damaris Nübling
Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019050587 | Marc record