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Grammaticalization and directionality

Kersti Börjars and Nigel Vincent

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/9780199586783.013.0014

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization and directionality

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This article explores the relation between grammaticalisation and directionality. It evaluates the unidirectionality hypothesis which states that the changes which fall under the rubric of grammaticalisation always move in the direction from more to less lexical or from less to more grammatical. It highlights the usefulness of the apparent unidirectionality of grammaticalisation as a valuable tool for reconstruction in a domain, morphosyntax, where reconstruction has been frequently argued to be difficult if not impossible.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; directionality; unidirectionality hypothesis; morphosyntax; lexical; grammatical

Article.  5661 words. 

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

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