From directionals to telics

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This chapter deals with the evolution of preverbs and discusses the developmentof a telic function by directionals after a process of lexicalization and grammaticalization.The main language of analysis is Old English and the discussionincludes a comparison with Sanskrit, Gothic and Old Icelandic. The theoreticalbackground is provided by Role and Reference Grammar. The conclusionis reached that a cline of lexicalization and grammaticalization free adverb >preverbaladverb > bound prefix > no prefix can be defined with respect toSanskrit, Gothic, Old English and Old Icelandic, in such a way that Sanskritrepresents the earliest stage of the cline and Old Icelandic the latest.


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