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Grammaticalization and word order change

Chaofen Sun and Elizabeth Closs Traugott

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/9780199586783.013.0030

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Grammaticalization and word order change

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This article examines the relation between word order change and grammaticalisation. It argues that word order change understood as the linearization of word or constituent order alone is not grammaticalisation and suggests that these two are so often intertwined that their interdependence deserves close attention. It outlines examples of three sites in which word order changes can be said to be closely tied to grammaticalization: clause structure, argument structure, and modifier structure within the noun phrase.

Keywords: word order change; grammaticalisation; clause structure; argument structure; modifier structure; noun phrase

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

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