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Grammaticalization and generative grammar: a difficult liaison

Elly van Gelderen

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199586783.013.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Grammaticalization and generative grammar: a difficult liaison

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This article examines the relation between grammaticalisation and generative grammar. It describes the generative attitude towards historical linguistics in general and then to grammaticalisation in particular and describes what the locus of change is in a generative model. It reviews some early work on historical linguistics within generative grammar. It concludes that the child's innate principles are in fact responsible for grammaticalisation and that generative grammar can therefore gain much insight from grammaticalisation processes.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; generative grammar; historical linguistics; locus of change; child; innate principles

Article.  4415 words. 

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

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