The Limits of Grammaticalization

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The earliest use of the term “grammaticalization” was to refer to the process whereby lexical words of a language (such as English keep in “he keeps bees”) become grammatical forms (such as the auxiliary in “he keeps looking at me”). Changes of this kind, which involve semantic fading and a downshift from a major to a minor category, have generally been agreed to come under the heading of grammaticalization. But other changes that equally contribute to new grammatical forms do not involve this kind of fading. In recent years, a debate has arisen over how to constrain the term theoretically. Is grammaticalization to be distinguished from “lexicalization”, the creation and fixing of new words out of older patterns of compounding? If so, how is the line to be drawn between a form that is grammatical and one that is lexical? Should the term “grammaticalization” be extended to the study of the origins of grammatical constructions in general? If so, it will have to include broader issues such as word order change and the reanalysis of phrases. What principles govern these processes? Is grammaticalization a unidirectional event, or can change occur in the reverse direction? The authors of the papers in this volume approach these important questions from a variety of data types, including historical texts, creoles, and a typologically broad sample of modern and ancient languages.
[Typological Studies in Language, 37]  1998.  vi, 307 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Anna Giacalone Ramat and Paul J. Hopper
1–11
Grammaticalization and Language Contact, Constructions and Positions
Walter Bisang
13–58
Grammaticalization and clause linkage strategies: a typological approach with particular reference to Ancient Greek
Sonia Cristofaro
59–88
Some Remarks on Analogy, Reanalysis and Grammaticalization
Livio Gaeta
89–105
Testing the Boundaries of Grammaticalization
Anna Giacalone Ramat
107–127
Discourse and Pragmatic Conditions of Grammaticalization. Spatial deixis and locative configurations in the personal pronoun system of some Italian dialectal areas
Stefania Giannini
129–145
The Paradigm at the End of the Universe
Paul J. Hopper
147–158
At the Boundaries of Grammaticalization: What Interrogatives Are Doing in Concessive Conditionals
Torsten Leuschner
159–187
The Grammaticalization of the Left Sentence Boundary in Hittite
Silvia Luraghi
189–210
On the relationship Between Grammaticalization and Lexicalization
Juan C. Moreno Cabrera
211–227
Structural Scope Expansion and Grammaticalization
Whitney Tabor and Elizabeth Closs Traugott
229–272
On the Application of the Notion of Grammaticalization to West African Pigin English
Barbara Turchetta
273–288
Language Index
289–290
Name Index
291–295
Subject Index
297–302
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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