The areal dimension of grammaticalization

Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

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

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 The areal dimension of grammaticalization

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This article describes the areal dimension of grammaticalisation resulting from language contact. It shows that grammaticalisation is a ubiquitous process in language contact which may affect any part of language structure and exhibits the same format in all of its manifestations. It provides some examples of how languages have been influenced by other languages in developing new grammatical use patterns and categories. It investigates how grammaticalisation leads to a real relationship among languages by highlighting the notion of grammaticalization area.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; language contact; language structure; area dimension; grammatical use patterns; areal relationship

Article.  4034 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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