LINGUIST List 13.1395

Sat May 18 2002

Qs: Eng Terminology, Concept of Grammaticalisation

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  1. Elena Nikulina, English terminology
  2. Therese Lindstrom, The history of grammaticalisation

Message 1: English terminology

Date: Thu, 16 May 2002 13:34:20 +0000
From: Elena Nikulina <>
Subject: English terminology

Dear Colleagues,

I am currently doing a research in English terminology and now very
much interested in those terms which have some meanings: first,
direct, terminological; and second, idiomatic, like, for example,
chain reaction or acid test.

If you have some more examples, I would highly appreciate your help
and then will share the information with you.

Thanks in advance,

Elena Nikulina, PhD			

Subject-Language: English; Code: ENG 
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Message 2: The history of grammaticalisation

Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 09:40:15 +0000
From: Therese Lindstrom <>
Subject: The history of grammaticalisation

	I am working on the history of the concept of
grammaticalisation and I was hoping that some of you might be willing
to answer a few questions regarding this topic. One of the things I am
looking at at the moment is when the term(s - since grammaticisation
for instance is so similar) was first used, after Givon 'revived' the
topic in the early 1970's. So if you don't mind telling me when you
first came across the term (and where) that would be great.

I am also interested in hearing if any of you have been involved in
work on a similar concept but where you did not use this term (or
grammaticisation for instance) but either used no term at all or
called it something different.

Last but not least, I am interested in looking at earlier discussions
of similar concepts, early C20 or C19 or even before that so if you
have any suggestions - please let me know.

I will post a summary if I get some replies, if you could please send
your replies to me at

Thank you 

Best regards,

Therese Lindstrom
PhD Student (The History of Grammaticalisation)
Dept of English Language and Lingustics
University of Sheffield		
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