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Grammaticalization and language change in the individual

Helena Raumolin‐Brunberg and Arja Nurmi

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/9780199586783.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization and language change in the individual

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This article explores the importance of language change in the individual in grammaticalisation research. It provides a general discussion of the linguistic behaviour of individuals under change in progress, from both the cross-sectional and the longitudinal angles. It offers a detailed case study of three auxiliaries in the language of three English gentlemen around the turn of the seventeenth century. The analysis reveals a great deal of variation between individuals in terms of their participation in ongoing linguistic changes.

Keywords: language change; individual; grammaticalisation; linguistic behaviour; English gentlemen; linguistic changes

Article.  4635 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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