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Title: Corpus Approaches to Grammaticalization in English
Edited By: Hans Lindquist
Christian Mair
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2013
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 13

Grammaticalization is an important concept in general and typological linguistics and a prominent type of explanation in historical linguistics. For historical corpus linguists, grammaticalization theory provides a frame of orientation in their effort to analyze and systematize a fast-accumulating mass of data. Students of grammaticalization have become increasingly aware of the potential of existing corpora and established corpus-linguistic methodology for their work. This book continues and develops the dialogue between the two fields. All the contributions are based on extensive use of various electronic corpora. Relating corpus practices to recent theoretical concerns of grammaticalization studies they deal with grammaticalization and historical sociolinguistics, lexicalization and grammaticalization, layering, frequency, grammaticalization and dialects, degrammaticalization and grammaticalization in a contrastive perspective. The papers show that a synthesis of corpus methodology and grammaticalization studies leads to new and interesting insights about the mechanisms of language change and the communicative functions of language.

Table of contents

Preface vii
Hans Lindquist and Christian Mair ix–xiv
Three perspectives on grammaticalization: Lexico-grammar, corpora and historical sociolinguistics
Terttu Nevalainen 1–31
Have to, gotta, must? Grammaticalisation, variation and specialization in English deontic modality
Sali A. Tagliamonte 33–55
The semantic path from modality to aspect: be able to in a cross-linguistic perspective
Karin Aijmer 57–78
The passival and the progressive passive: A case study of layering in the English aspect and voice systems
Marianne Hundt 79–120
Corpus linguistics and grammaticalisation theory: Statistics, frequencies, and beyond
Christian Mair 121–150
Grammaticalisation from side to side: On the development of beside(s) 
Matti Rissanen 151–170
Are low-frequency complex prepositions grammaticalized? On the limits of corpus data — and the importance of intuition
Sebastian Hoffmann 171–210
Life after degrammaticalisation: Plural be
Laura Wright 211–226
Subject clitics in English: A case of degrammaticalization?*
Laurel J. Brinton 227–256
Name index 257
Subject index 259

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115232
ISBN-13: 9781588115232
Pages: xiv, 265 pp.
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ISBN: 9027222843
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Pages: xiv, 265 pp.
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