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Adverbial grammaticalization

Paolo Ramat

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/9780199586783.013.0040

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Adverbial grammaticalization

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This article examines the grammaticalisation of adverbs. It surveys ways in which adverbs can come into existence: via affixation, via case suffixes, and with true grammaticalised derivators. It argues that not every process that produces an adverb is per se a grammaticalization process since adverb is a linguistic category which shows very different morphological behaviours. In addition, there are languages which have no morphological expression for such a category.

Keywords: adverbs; grammaticalisation; affixation; case suffixes; grammaticalised derivators; linguistic category; morphological behaviours

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

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