Up and Down the Cline - the Nature of Grammaticalization

Up and Down the Cline - the Nature of Grammaticalization

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The basic idea behind this volume is to probe the nature of grammaticalization. Its contributions focus on the following questions: (i) In how far can grammaticalization be considered a universal diachronic process or mechanism of change and in how far is it conditioned by synchronic factors? (ii) What is the role of the speaker in grammaticalization? (iii) Does grammaticalization itself provide a cause for change or is it an epiphenomenon, i.e. a conglomeration of causal factors/mechanisms which elsewhere occur independently? (iv) If it is epiphenominal, how do we explain that similar pathways so often occur in known cases of grammaticalization? (v) Is grammaticalization unidirectional? (vi) What is the nature of the parameters guiding grammaticalization? The overall aim of the book is to enrich our understanding of what grammaticalization does or does not entail via detailed case studies in combination with theoretical and methodological discussions.show more

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  • Paperback | 414 pages
  • 149.9 x 218.4 x 27.9mm | 635.04g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115054
  • 9781588115058

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction: In search of grammaticalization (by Fischer, Olga); 3. On directionality in language change with particular reference to grammaticalization (by Haspelmath, Martin); 4. Rescuing traditional (historical) linguistics from grammaticalization theory (by Joseph, Brian D.); 5. The English s-genitive: A case of degrammaticalization? (by Rosenbach, Anette); 6. An investigation into the marginal modals dare and need in British present-day English: A corpus-based approach (by Taeymans, Martine); 7. Redefining unidirectionality: Is there life after modality? (by Ziegeler, Debra); 8. From pronominalizer to pragmatic marker: Implications for unidirectionality from a crosslinguistic perspective (by Yap, Foong Ha); 9. Conditionals and subjectification: Implications for a theory of semantic change (by Visconti, Jacqueline); 10. Unidirectionality in the grammaticalization of modality in Greek (by Tsangalidis, Anastasios); 11. How cognitive is grammaticalization? The history of the Catalan perfet perifrastic (by Detges, Ulrich); 12. Perfect and resultative constructions in spoken and non-standard English (by Miller, Jim); 13. Grammaticalization and standardization (by Laitinen, Lea); 14. External factors behind cross-linguistic similarities (by Herlin, Ilona); 15. What constitutes a case of grammaticalization? Evidence from the development of copulas from demonstratives in Passamaquoddy (by Ng, Eve); 16. Multi-categorial items as underspecified lexical entries: The case of Kambera wangu (by Klamer, Marian A.F.); 17. The acquisition of polysemous forms: The case of bei2 ("give") in Cantonese (by Wong, Kwok-shing); 18. Phonetic absence as syntactic prominence: Grammaticalization in isolating tonal languages (by Ansaldo, Umberto); 19. Grammaticalization of word order: Evidence from Lithuanian (by Say, Sergey)show more