Grammaticalization and prosody

Anne Wichmann

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 prosody

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This article analyses the relevance of prosodic change in the analysis of the grammaticalisation processes in languages that are typologically very diverse. It shows how the availability of recorded speech now allows us to explore synchronic data for evidence of prosodic change. It argues that present-day prosodic realization provides vital evidence to complement independent analyses of historical change. It explains that the prosodic analysis of discourse markers has a number of implications, not least for their classification in relation to other, more prototypical grammaticalised items.

Keywords: prosodic change; grammaticalisation process; languages; recorded speech; synchronic data; historical change; prosodic analysis; discourse markers

Article.  4355 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Phonetics and Phonology

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