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Books: Measurements of Grammaticalization: Correia Saavedra

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Date: 01-Nov-2021
From: Birgit Sievert <>
Subject: Measurements of Grammaticalization: Correia Saavedra
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Title: Measurements of Grammaticalization
Subtitle: Developing a Quantitative Index for the Study of Grammatical Change
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: David Correia Saavedra
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110753073 Pages: 258 Price: U.S. $ 114.99
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110752946 Pages: 258 Price: U.S. $ 114.99

Grammaticalization has often been described as a gradual phenomenon. While many studies have discussed the quantitative aspects of grammaticalization, there has been little to no work that has tried to propose a way of measuring degrees of grammaticalization. This book addresses this gap by proposing a corpus-based approach to the measurement of grammaticalization, using binary logistic regression modelling.

Such an approach has theoretical benefits as it can provide empirical evidence for the gradience and gradualness of grammaticalization. It can help substantiate observations that have been done on the basis of case studies so far, such as the hypothesized unidirectionality of grammaticalization. In addition, as the methods proposed in this book rely on corpus-based data only, it offers a way of comparing grammaticalization across multiple languages, which is currently a challenging endeavour.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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