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The grammaticalization of adpositions and case marking

Christa König

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/9780199586783.013.0041

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

The grammaticalization of adpositions and case marking

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This article examines the grammaticalisation of case marking and adpositions. The findings reveal that there is synchronic evidence for determining relative degrees of grammaticalization and that the behaviour of case synchronically is shaped by features the language has developed in other areas such as definiteness, topic, focus, or means of case coding. It explains that definiteness shapes case or case systems on various levels, either being the source for grammaticalisation, a restriction, or an indicator of the first or final stage of grammaticalisation.

Keywords: case marking; adpositions; grammaticalisation; definiteness; topic; focus; case coding

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

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