Pragmatic aspects of grammaticalization

Steve Nicolle

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Pragmatic aspects of grammaticalization

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This article aims to describe and evaluate some recent accounts of pragmatic aspects of grammaticalization. It examines inferences that contribute to grammaticalization, the limits of the contribution of pragmatic inference to grammaticalisation, and how inferential meaning becomes encoded meaning. It argues that the inferences, or interpretations, which contribute to grammaticalisation are those which are intended by the speaker and which are routinely associated with particular expressions.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; pragmatic aspects; inferences; inferential meaning; encoded meaning; speaker; expressions

Article.  4558 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Pragmatics

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