Does grammaticalisation need analogy?

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The grammaticalisation of pronouns into clitics and agreement markers is less likely to proceed into the final stages in West Germanic than in Romance dialects. In addition, at least in Dutch, clitic doubling is liable to a development which appears typologically rare, viz. the development from clitic doubling to topic marking. This paper relates these differences in the observed grammaticalisation pathways in these varieties to the fact that some of the obvious analogical extensions for the use of clitics in Romance are not or to a lesser extent available in West Germanic. Hence the grammaticalisation pathway a certain pattern will follow is crucially determined by the pattern’s potential for paradigmatic extensions (i.e. analogy) rather than by its liability to reanalysis.


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