Grammaticalization and Cognitive Grammar

Ronald W. Langacker

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization and Cognitive Grammar

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This article examines the relation between grammaticalisation and cognitive grammar. It explains that cognitive grammar has a natural affinity with grammaticalisation owing to some basic features of the framework. It suggests that cognitive grammar provides an appropriate and revealing framework for investigating grammaticalisation and other diachronic phenomena and argues that a full account of grammaticalisation requires explicit descriptions of the conceptual structures and grammatical constructions involved at every stage.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; cognitive grammar; diachronic phenomena; conceptual structures; grammatical constructions

Article.  5076 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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