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Title: Subjectification, Intersubjectification and Grammaticalization
Edited By: Kristin Davidse
Lieven Vandelanotte
Hubert Cuyckens
Series Title: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] 66

This volume aims to arrive at a fine-grained and grammar-based
understanding of the notions of (inter-)subjectivity and
(inter-)subjectification in their application to grammaticalization
research. In terms of linguistic theory, position is taken vis-à-vis
existing approaches to (inter-)subjectification which are either too narrow
or too general by addressing two questions: (i) what is the relation
between (inter-)subjectivity and pragmatics, and (ii) on what grounds can
subjective and intersubjective meanings be distinguished?

In the descriptive sections of the volume, these theoretical considerations
are confronted with extensive analytical, and often also quantitative,
study of empirical data mainly from English but also from Romance
languages. The focus in these case studies is on the analytical and
diachronic relations between subjectivity and intersubjectivity, with
particular emphasis on the question how linguistic syntagms may shift
towards the expression of meanings of which the hearer is an essential
part. The domains covered include adverbials and modals, but also the noun
phrase, to date a relatively under-researched area in grammaticalization
studies. Together these three areas ensure broad verification of existing
hypotheses about the relative order in which subjectification and
intersubjectification take place.

This volume is mainly of interest to researchers and graduate students with
a special interest in subjectification, intersubjectification and
grammaticalization, and with a general interest in language change. The
volume will also be welcomed by functional linguists (in a broad sense),
since it is the first to bring eclectic functionalists' reflections to bear
so explicitly on grammaticalization.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Historical Linguistics
Functional Grammar
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110205882
ISBN-13: 9783110205886
Pages: 447
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00

Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110226102
Pages: 447
Prices: Europe EURO 98.00