Grammaticalization in Germanic languages

Martin Hilpert

in The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586783
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Grammaticalization in Germanic languages

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This article examines the history of grammaticalisation in Germanic languages. It provides Germanic examples of degrammaticalisation and explains that all Germanic languages have grammaticalised a set of auxiliary verbs. A common grammaticalisation path in Germanic is the development of discourse markers out of conjunctions. This article also provides a synchronic comparison of grammaticalised forms across the Germanic languages.

Keywords: Germanic languages; grammaticalisation; degrammaticalisation; auxiliary verbs; discourse markers; conjunctions

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Language Families

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