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The gradual coalescence into ‘words’ in grammaticalization

Martin Haspelmath

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/9780199586783.013.0027

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 The gradual coalescence into ‘words’ in grammaticalization

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This article focuses on the gradual coalescence into words, one aspect of grammaticalisation that is still considered important even though it no longer occupies centre stage in grammaticalisation research. The article explains that the coalescence of function words with nearby content words is a widespread phenomenon in languages, and it is often assumed that most affixes ultimately have their origin in fused function words. It also discusses what kinds of elements coalesce in grammaticalisation.

Keywords: gradual coalescence; words; grammaticalisation; languages; affixes; function words

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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