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The Grammaticalization of final particles

Sandra A. Thompson and Ryoko Suzuki

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/9780199586783.013.0055

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

The Grammaticalization of final particles

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This article discusses issues relevant to the grammaticalisation of final particles. It considers several attested pathways by which final particles arise, bringing data from case studies in Japanese and English. This analysis focuses on contemporary synchronic data rather than historical data and on the crucial interactional and prosodic factors involved in the emergence of final particles. It discusses the factors that must be taken into consideration in our endeavour to understand the grammaticisation of these fascinating and highly interactional forms.

Keywords: final particles; grammaticalisation; case studies; Japanese; English; synchronic data; prosodic factors; interactional forms

Article.  4080 words. 

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

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