New Reflections on Grammaticalization

New Reflections on Grammaticalization

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The contributions in this volume cover a wide range of theoretical and methodological issues and raise a number of new questions that indicate the future direction of grammaticalization studies. The volume focuses on issues such as grammaticalization and lexicalization; the unidirectionality hypothesis; the issue of the relevance of contexts for grammaticalization; the description of grammaticalization paths. Much of the current work concentrates on such categories, as discourse markers, honorifics or classifiers, which have not previously been central to works on grammaticalization. Other studies take a new perspective on known grammaticalization paths by applying concepts adopted from other linguistic fields, such as prototype theory, morphocentricity, or by discussing their findings from a comparative or typological angle, presenting data from a large number of languages, often based on extensive empirical investigations of written and spoken text corpora.
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  • Hardback | 437 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 31.75mm | 740g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588111210
  • 9781588111210

Table of contents

1. Foreword; 2. Introduction (by Diewald, Gabriele); 3. New reflections on grammaticalization and lexicalization (by Lehmann, Christian); 4. More thoughts on degrammaticalization (by Auwera, Johan van der); 5. Grammaticalization within a theory of morphocentricity (by Klausenburger, Jurgen); 6. The final stages of grammaticalization: Affixhood and beyond (by Norde, Muriel); 7. Yesterday's affixes as today's clitics: A case-study in degrammaticalization (by Doyle, Aidan); 8. On the role of context in grammaticalization (by Heine, Bernd); 9. A model for relevant types of contexts in grammaticalization (by Diewald, Gabriele); 10. Semantic constraints in the grammaticalization of locative constructions (by Svorou, Soteria); 11. Really worthwhile or not really significant ?: A corpus-based approach to the delexicalization and grammaticalization of intensifiers in Modern English (by Lorenz, Gunter); 12. Crosslinguistic and diachronic remarks on the grammaticalization of aspect in Romance languages: Location and motion verbs (by Hassler, Gerda); 13. The grammaticalization of deictic directionals into modulators of temporal distance (by Bourdin, Philippe); 14. Grammaticalization and category weakness (by Company Company, Concepcion); 15. Grammaticalization of 'give': African and Asian perspectives (by Lord, Carol); 16. An invisible hand at the root of causation: The role of lexicalization in the grammaticalization of causatives (by Mithun, Marianne); 17. Making sense of nominal classification systems: Noun classifiers and the grammaticalization variable (by Grinevald, Colette); 18. Phono-syntactic conspiracy and beyond: Grammaticalization in spoken Beijing Mandarin (by Tao, Liang); 19. Retention of abstract meaning: The essive case and grammaticalization of polyphony in Finnish (by Salminen, Taru); 20. The grammaticalization of honorific particles in Korean (by Sohn, Sung-Ock S.); 21. From logophoric pronoun to discourse particle: A case study of Finnish and Saami (by Laitinen, Lea); 22. On the development of final though: A case of grammaticalization? (by Barth-Weingarten, Dagmar); 23. Grammaticalization, subjectification and the origin of phatic markers (by Pinto De Lima, Jose); 24. The evolution of the German modal particle denn (by Wegener, Heide); 25. Putting grammaticalization in its place (by Chafe, Wallace); 26. Grammaticalization as an analogue of hypothetico-deductive thinking (by Itkonen, Esa); 27. Appendix; 28. General Index
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