By Paul J. Hopper,Elizabeth Closs Traugott

this can be a normal creation to grammaticalization, the switch wherein lexical phrases and structures are available convinced linguistic contexts to serve grammatical features, and, as soon as grammaticalized, proceed to enhance new grammatical features. The authors synthesize paintings from numerous parts of linguistics, together with old linguistics, discourse research, and pragmatics. facts are drawn from many languages together with Ewe, Finnish, French, Hindi, Hittite, eastern, Malay, and particularly English. This 2003 moment variation has been completely revised with big updates on theoretical and methodological concerns that experience arisen within the decade because the first version, and incorporates a considerably multiplied bibliography. specific consciousness is paid to contemporary debates over directionality in swap and the function of grammaticalization in creolization. Grammaticalization may be a worthwhile and stimulating textbook for all linguists drawn to the improvement of grammatical varieties and also will be of curiosity to readers in anthropology and psychology.

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