Pathways of Change

Grammaticalization in English

Editors
| University of Amsterdam
| Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
| Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
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There is a continual growth of interest among linguists of all-theoretical denominations in grammaticalization, a concept central to many linguistic (change) theories. However, the discussion of grammaticalization processes has often suffered from a shortage of concrete empirical studies from one of the best-documented languages in the world, English. Pathways of Change contains discussion of new data and provides theoretical lead articles based on these data that will help sharpen the theoretical aspects involved, such as the definition and the logical connection of the component processes of grammaticalization. The volume is concentrated around a number of themes that are important or controversial in grammaticalization studies, such as the principle of unidirectionality, the relation between lexicalization and grammaticalization — and connected with these two factors the possibility of degrammaticalization — the way iconicity interweaves with grammaticalization processes, and with the phenomenon of grammaticalization on a synchronic or discourse level, also often termed subjectifization.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 53]  2000.  x, 391 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Contributors
vii–viii
Preface
ix–x
Introduction
Olga Fischer and Anette Rosenbach
1–37
A lovely little example: Word order options and category shift in the premodifying string
Sylvia M. Adamson
39–66
The grammaticalization of the verb ‘pray’
Minoji Akimoto
67–84
The grammaticalization of concessive markers in Early Modern English
Guohua Chen
85–110
Combining English auxiliaries
David Denison
111–147
Grammaticalisation: Unidirectional, non-reversable?: The case of to before the infinitive in English
Olga Fischer
149–169
Remarks on the de-grammaticalisation of infinitival to in present-day American English
Susan Fitzmaurice
171–186
The role of person and position in Old English
Elly van Gelderen
187–206
Remarks on (uni)directionality
Roger Lass
207–227
Soþlice and witodlice: Discourse markers in Old English
Ursula Lenker
229–249
Onginnan/beginnan with bare and to-infinitive in Ælfric
Bettelou Los
251–274
Some suggestions for explaining the origin and development of the definite article in English
Robert McColl Millar
275–310
Parallelism vs. asymmetry: The case of English counterfactual conditionals
Rafal Molencki
311–328
The grammaticalization of the present perfect in English: Tracks of change and continuity in a linguistic enclave
Sali A. Tagliamonte
329–354
Grammaticalization versus lexicalization: ‘Methinks’ there is some confusion
Ilse Wischer
355–370
Name index
371–376
Subject index
377–391
“Nearly all the paper published in this volume have in one way or another provided grounds for reevaluating the principle of unidirectionality of change which is often considered a basic feature of grammaticalizaiton.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00042899