Grammaticalization and discourse

Richard Waltereit

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 discourse

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This article examines the diachronic relation between grammaticalisation and discourse. It highlights a research which stressed the importance of patterns of argumentation in discourse for the emergence of grammar over time. It discusses discourse strategies resulting in language change and suggests that grammaticalisation is the unintended outcome of those strategies that have scope over a proposition. It also contends that discourse markers are the outcome of those strategies that relate to the coordination of the construction of discourse.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; discourse; diachronic relation; grammar; language change; discourse markers

Article.  4322 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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