Degrammaticalization and constructionalization: two case studies

Graeme Trousdale, Muriel Norde

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Degrammaticalization has been characterized as a composite change involving gains in morphosyntactic autonomy or phonetic and/or semantic substance. Such a definition is suggestive of a change (or set of changes) which may profitably be explored from a construction grammar perspective. In this article, we consider two cases of degrammaticalization, using 'morpheme-based' and 'construction-based' parameters. We relate this to wider issues in grammaticalization research, for instance, the differences between accounts of grammaticalization which focus on reduction, and those which focus on expansion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-46
Number of pages15
JournalLanguage Sciences
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

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