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Title: Theoretical and Empirical Issues in Grammaticalization
Edited By: Elena Seoane
María José López-Couso
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2077
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 77

In collaboration with Teresa Fanego

Part of the set: López-Couso, María José and Elena Seoane (eds.),
Rethinking Grammaticalization. New perspectives & Theoretical and Empirical
Issues in Grammaticalization.

This volume and its companion one Rethinking Grammaticalization: New
offer a selection of papers from the Third
International Conference New Reflections on Grammaticalization
, held at
the University of Santiago de Compostela in July 2005. The overall aim of
the book is to enrich our understanding of what grammaticalization entails
via detailed case studies in combination with theoretical and
methodological discussions. Some of the theoretical issues discussed in the
sixteen articles included in the volume are the nature of
grammaticalization and related processes such as anti-, re- and
degrammaticalization, the relationship between grammaticalization and
lexicalization, the role of frequency in grammaticalization and the
interplay between information structure and grammaticalization. Other
topics covered are the grammaticalization of composite predicates in
English, the emergence of modal particles in German and particle clusters
in Dutch and the grammaticalization of various modal auxiliaries in Spanish
and in Swedish.

Table of contents


Introduction: Further reflections on grammaticalization,
Elena Seoane and María José López-Couso

Swedish må and the (de)grammaticalization debate,
Peter Andersson

'Where grammar and lexis meet:' Composite predicates in English,
Laurel J. Brinton

On the grammaticalization and (inter)subjectivity of evidential
(semi-)auxiliaries in Spanish,
Bert Cornillie

Semantic, syntactic and constructional restrictions in the diachronic rise
of modal particles in German: A corpus-based study on the formation of a
grammaticalization channel,
Gabriele Diewald and Gisella Ferraresi

Double indirect object marking in Spanish and Italian,
Andreas Dufter and Elisabeth Stark

The emergence of particle clusters in Dutch: Grammaticalization under
adverse conditions,
Jack Hoeksema

Antigrammaticalization, antimorphologization and the case of Tura,
Dmitry Idiatov

Can grammaticalization be parameterized?
Jurgen Klausenburger

Possessive adjectives as a source of intensifiers,
Ekkehard König and Letizia Vezzosi

Information structure and grammaticalization,
Christian Lehmann

From speech-situation evocation to hypotaxis: The case of Latin quamvis
Torsten Leuschner

Grammaticalization waves: The Russian subjunctive mood and person/number
Jens Nørgård-Sørensen

Discourse frequency and the collapse of the adposition vs. affix
distinction in Lakota,
Regina Pustet

On the grammaticalization of the Spanish expression puede que,
María José Rodríguez Espiñeira and Belén López Meirama

On the history and present behaviour of subordinating that with adverbial
conjunctions in English,
Guenter Rohdenburg

The regrammaticalization of linking elements in German,
Heide Wegener

Language index

Name index

Subject index

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229899
ISBN-13: 9789027229892
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