Lexicalization and Language Change

ISBN-10: 0521540631
ISBN-13: 9780521540636
Edition: 2005
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Description: Lexicalization, a process of language change, has been conceived in a variety of ways. In this up-to-date survey, Laurel Brinton and Elizabeth Traugott examine the various ideas that have been presented. In light of contemporary work on  More...

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Book details

List price: $57.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 220
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Lexicalization, a process of language change, has been conceived in a variety of ways. In this up-to-date survey, Laurel Brinton and Elizabeth Traugott examine the various ideas that have been presented. In light of contemporary work on grammaticalization, they then propose a new, unified model of lexicalization and grammaticalization. Their approach is illustrated with a variety of case studies from the history of English, including present participles, multi-word verbs, adverbs, and discourse markers, as well as some examples from other Indo-European languages.

Laurel J. Brinton is Professor in the Department of English, University of British Columbia.

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
List of abbreviations
Theoretical contexts for the study of lexicalization and grammaticalization
Purpose of the present study
Debates concerning grammar and language change
Concepts of the lexicon
Lexicalization
Grammaticalization
Conclusion
Lexicalization: definitions and viewpoints
Introduction
Ordinary processes of word formation
Institutionalization
Lexicalization as fusion
Lexicalization as increase in autonomy
Conclusion
Views on the relation of lexicalization to grammaticalization
Introduction
Some examples of fusion and coalescence treated as either lexicalization or grammaticalization
Similarities between lexicalization and grammaticalization
Differences between lexicalization and grammaticalization
Status of derivation
Conclusion
Toward an integrated approach to lexicalization and grammaticalization
Introduction
Basic assumptions
Definitions revisited
"Reversals" of lexicalization and grammaticalization
Degrees of parallelism between lexicalization and grammaticalization
Conclusion
Case studies
Introduction
Present participles
Multi-word verbs
Composite predicates
Adverbs formed with -ly
Discourse markers
Conclusion and research questions
Introduction
Summary
Research questions
References
Index of names
Index of subjects

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