Corpus Approaches to Grammaticalization in English

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Hans Lindquist, Christian Mair
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages
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Grammaticalization is an important concept in general and typological linguistics and a prominent type of explanation in historical linguistics. For historical corpus linguists, grammaticalization theory provides a frame of orientation in their effort to analyze and systematize a fast-accumulating mass of data. Students of grammaticalization have become increasingly aware of the potential of existing corpora and established corpus-linguistic methodology for their work. This book continues and develops the dialogue between the two fields. All the contributions are based on extensive use of various electronic corpora. Relating corpus practices to recent theoretical concerns of grammaticalization studies they deal with grammaticalization and historical sociolinguistics, lexicalization and grammaticalization, layering, frequency, grammaticalization and dialects, degrammaticalization and grammaticalization in a contrastive perspective. The papers show that a synthesis of corpus methodology and grammaticalization studies leads to new and interesting insights about the mechanisms of language change and the communicative functions of language.
 

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Contents

Three perspectives on grammaticalization
1
Have to gotta must
33
The semantic path from modality to aspect
57
The passival and the progressive passive
79
Corpus linguistics and grammaticalisation theory
121
Grammaticalisation from side to side
151
Are lowfrequency complex prepositions grammaticalized?
171
Life after degrammaticalisation
211
Subject clitics in English
227
Name index
257
Subject index
261
The series Studies in Corpus Linguistics
265
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