Grammaticalization and linguistic typology

Walter Bisang

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
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Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization and linguistic typology

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This article considers grammaticalisation in relation to linguistic typology and presents topological studies of grammaticalisation. It addresses the question of how grammaticalisation is realized, a question that ultimately entails a typology of manifestations of grammaticalisation. It suggests that the processes of grammaticalisation are not cross-linguistically homogeneous because there is a certain degree of cross-linguistic variation concerning the interaction between pragmatics and form. It also argues that East and mainland Southeast Asian (EMSEA) languages represent a type of grammaticalisation that is characterized by its limited coevolution of meaning and form.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; linguistic typology; topological studies; cross-linguistic variation; pragmatics; form; EMSEA languages

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Linguistic Typology

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