Construction grammar and grammaticalization

Nikolas Gisborne and Amanda Patten

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Construction grammar and grammaticalization

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This article reviews literature on constructional change and its integration with grammaticalisation theory. It discusses a number of issues that are relevant to work on grammaticalisation and addresses several questions which fall out from a constructional view of grammaticalisation. It explores a constructional approach to grammaticalisation and the question of how constructions change and evaluates whether construction grammar is useful to linguists examining grammaticalisation changes to lexical items. It also considers the relationship between constructional change and the grammaticalisation of lexical items.

Keywords: grammaticalisation theory; constructional change; construction grammar; lexical items; linguists

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

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