Grammaticalization as analogically driven change?

Olga Fischer

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization as analogically driven change?

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This article analyses a number of questions that are related to the nature of grammaticalisation in order to determine if it is an analogically driven change. It examines the relation between the synchronic speaker-listener and the essentially diachronic nature of grammaticalization and investigates the causes of grammaticalisation and language change in general. It also explores the nature of analogy further in order to find out how far grammaticalisation can be understood as an instance of analogically driven change. The findings suggest that grammaticalisation as a process only exists on the language-output level and this is not something intrinsic to the process on the speaker-listener level.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; synchronic speaker-listener; diachronic nature; language change; analogy; language-output level

Article.  5565 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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