Grammaticalization and language contact

Yaron Matras

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 language contact

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This article examines the relation between language contact and grammaticalisation. It argues that the notion of contact-driven grammaticalisation represents an attempt to address these questions within the framework of an overall theory of grammaticalisation. It discusses the key stages in the development of the discussion on contact-induced grammaticalisation and the questions it addresses. It explains that contact-induced language change is often regarded as an external factor that motivates change, for it derives from outside the linguistic system that is under scrutiny.

Keywords: language contact; grammaticalisation; language change; external factor; linguistic system

Article.  4566 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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