LINGUIST List 9.1003

Mon Jul 6 1998

Books: Grammaticalization

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  1. Bernadette Martinez-Keck, New Title in Grammaticalization

Message 1: New Title in Grammaticalization

Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 15:41:37 -0400
From: Bernadette Martinez-Keck <>
Subject: New Title in Grammaticalization

John Benjamins Publishing would like to call your attention to the
following new title in the field of Grammaticalization:

Ritva Laury
(California State University, Fresno)
1997. viii, 294 pp. Studies in Discourse and Grammar, 7
US/ Canada: Hb: 1 55619 597 4 Price: USD 69.00
Rest of the World: Hb: 90 272 3646 1 Price: NLG 178,--

This book concerns one of the paradigm examples of grammaticalization,
the development of a definite article from a demonstrative determiner.
Although standard written Finnish has no articles, the demonstrative se
is currently emerging as a definite article in spoken Finnish. This book
describes and explains the developing use of se based on a database
consisting of spoken narratives from three different periods spanning the
last one hundred years.

The author proposes that the development from demonstrative to article
has its roots in the way that speakers ordinarily use demonstratives in
conversation, and provides an analysis of the use of se and the two other
Finnish demonstratives, t\228m\228 and tuo in a corpus of multi-party
conversations, showing that speakers of Finnish use demonstratives to
focus attention on important referents and to express and negotiate
access to them in the interactive context of ongoing talk, and not
primarily to talk about how near or far referents are. The development of
se into a general marker of identifiability is shown to be connected with
both the focusing function of demonstratives as well as its use for
referents which the speaker considers accessible to the addressee.

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