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Degrees of grammaticalization across languages

Béatrice Lamiroy and Walter De Mulder

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/9780199586783.013.0024

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Degrees of grammaticalization across languages

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This article analyses the variation in degrees of grammaticalisation across languages. It proposes the hypothesis that an essential property of grammaticalisation also applies within a genealogical family and that several grammaticalization processes may be more advanced in one language than in the other languages of the same family. It provides evidence from three Romance languages and shows that French, has reached a further stage of grammaticalisation than Spanish and Italian.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; genealogical family; Romance languages; French; Spanish; Italian

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Linguistic Typology

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