Grammaticalization in Sinitic Languages

Hilary Chappell and Alain Peyraube

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 Sinitic Languages

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This article provides an overview of the history of grammaticalisation in Sinitic languages. It discusses the evolution of the disposal or object marking constructions, passive and causative constructions, and classifiers. The model of grammatical change used in this study refers to two main mechanisms: analogy and reanalysis. The former includes so-called degrammaticalisation, while the latter includes both grammaticalization and exaptation processes.

Keywords: Sinitic languages; grammaticalisation; object marking; passive constructions; causative constructions; classifiers; analogy; reanalysis; degrammaticalisation; exaptation

Article.  3909 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Historical and Diachronic Linguistics ; Language Families

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