Grammaticalization

Grammaticalization

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This is a general introduction to grammaticalization, the change whereby lexical terms and constructions come in certain linguistic contexts to serve grammatical functions, and, once grammaticalized, continue to develop new grammatical functions. The authors synthesize work from several areas of linguistics, including historical linguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics. Data are drawn from many languages including Ewe, Finnish, French, Hindi, Hittite, Japanese, Malay, and especially English. This 2003 second edition has been thoroughly revised with substantial updates on theoretical and methodological issues that have arisen in the decade since the first edition, and includes a significantly expanded bibliography. Particular attention is paid to recent debates over directionality in change and the role of grammaticalization in creolization. Grammaticalization will be a valuable and stimulating textbook for all linguists interested in the development of grammatical forms and will also be of interest to readers in anthropology and psychology.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 4 b/w illus. 16 tables
  • 1139926934
  • 9781139926935

Table of contents

Preface to the second edition and acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. Some preliminaries; 2. The history of grammaticalization; 3. Reanalysis; 4. Pragmatic factor; 5. The hypothesis of unidirectionality; 6. Clause-internal morphological changes; 7. Grammaticalization across clauses; 8. Grammaticalization in situations of extreme language contact; 9. Summary and suggestions for further work; References; Index of names; Index of languages; General index.show more

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"The book is a lucid and highly readable discussion of grammaticalization...an excellent treatment of a central aspect of language." Languageshow more

About Paul J. Hopper

Paul J. Hopper is Thomas S. Baker Professor of English and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. His publications include Grammaticalization (co-authored with Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Cambridge, 1993), A Short Course in Grammar (1999), The Limits of Grammaticalization (co-edited with Anna Giacalone-Ramat, 1998) and Frequency and the Emergence of Linguistic Structure (co-edited with Joan Bybee, 2001). Elizabeth Closs Traugott is Professor of Linguistics and English at Stanford University. Her publications include A History of English Syntax (1972), Linguistics for Students of Literature (co-authored with Mary L. Pratt, 1980), Grammaticalization (co-authored with Paul J. Hopper, Cambridge, 1993) and Regularity in Semantic Change (co-authored with Richard B. Dasher, Cambridge, 2001).show more

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