Grammaticalization and pragmaticalization

Gabriele Diewald

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 pragmaticalization

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This article explores the interrelation between grammaticalisation and pragmaticalisation. It attempts a terminological clarification of both terms independently from each other and examines their mutual relations. It proposes the hypothesis that fundamental features of grammar itself are rooted in pragmatics, and that therefore there is reason to interpret pragmaticalisation as an integral part of grammaticalisation.

Keywords: grammaticalisation; pragmaticalisation; terminological clarification; mutual relations; grammar; pragmatics

Article.  4614 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Pragmatics

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