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Grammaticalization and syntax: a functional view

Scott DeLancey

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/9780199586783.013.0029

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization and syntax: a functional view

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This article analyses the role of grammaticalisation theory in functional-typological syntax. It explains that the role of grammaticalisation theory is to explain how fixed, recurrent constructions develop from transparent, motivated concatenations of words. Since such syntactic, often synchronically arbitrary grammatical structure is characteristic of all but the very freshest pidgin protogrammars, a theory of grammaticalization is essential to the functionalist programme. This article also discusses the origin and nature of syntactic categories and describes complex syntax constructions.

Keywords: grammaticalisation theory; functional-typological syntax; concatenation of words; grammatical structure; pidgin protogrammars; syntactic categories

Article.  4580 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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