Grammaticalization and Linguistic Analysis

Bernd Heine, Heiko Narrog

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Abstract

Grammaticalization can be understood as a process by which grammar is created; more narrowly, it is defined as the development from lexical to grammatical forms, and from grammatical to even more grammatical forms. This chapter shows that the main goal of grammaticalization theory is to understand why grammar in general and functional categories in particular is structured the way it is. Typological generalizations on grammatical change provide a relevant tool for explaining structural properties of grammatical categories.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743849
ISBN (Print)9780199544004
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 18

Keywords

  • Functional categories
  • Grammar
  • Grammaticalization theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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