Pathways of Change

Grammaticalization in English

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  • Editors: Olga Fischer1, Anette Rosenbach2, and Dieter Stein2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027298690

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.

Subjects: Germanic linguistics; Historical linguistics; English linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Amsterdam; 2: Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf

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