Grammaticalization and lexicalization

Douglas Lightfoot

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 lexicalization

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This article provides an overview of the study of lexicalisation phenomena in conjunction with grammaticalisation. It describes the commonalities and differences between the two and highlights certain problem areas raised in the research and the ongoing challenge of handling troublesome categorisation such as derivational affixation. It discusses the competing notions and consensus on grammaticalisation and lexicalisation.

Keywords: lexicalisation; grammaticalisation; categorization; derivational affixation; research

Article.  4576 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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