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Grammaticalization and Linguistic Analysis

Bernd Heine and Heiko Narrog

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199544004.013.0016

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization and Linguistic Analysis

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Grammaticalization can be understood as a process by which grammar is created; more narrowly, it is defined as the development from lexical to grammatical forms, and from grammatical to even more grammatical forms. This chapter shows that the main goal of grammaticalization theory is to understand why grammar in general and functional categories in particular is structured the way it is. Typological generalizations on grammatical change provide a relevant tool for explaining structural properties of grammatical categories.

Keywords: grammaticalization theory; grammar; functional categories

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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