Evolution of Grammar Tense, Aspect, and Modality in the Languages of the World
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Joan Bybee and her colleagues present a new theory of the evolution of grammar that links structure and meaning in a way that directly challenges most contemporary versions of generative grammar. This study focuses on the use and meaning of grammatical markers of tense, aspect, and modality and identifies a universal set of grammatical categories. The authors demonstrate that the semantic content of these categories evolves gradually and that this process of evolution is strikingly similar across unrelated languages. Through a survey of seventy-six languages in twenty-five different phyla, the authors show that the same paths of change occur universally and that movement along these paths…
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1994
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Figures and Tables|
|Preface and Acknowledgments|
|Method Used in the Study|
|Anterior, Perfective, and Related Senses|
|A Quantitative Approach to Grammaticization|
|Progressive, Imperfective, Present, and Related Senses|
|Mood and Modality|
|Mechanisms of Semantic Change|
|Gramcats Sampling Procedure|
|Sources of Language Data|
|Bibliography for Gramcats Sample|