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New Directions in Grammaticalization Research

New Directions in Grammaticalization Research by Andrew D.M. Smith
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By arguing that grammaticalisation inevitably involves paradigmatisation, i.e. formation of new paradigms or reformation of existing paradigms, we challenge leading approaches to grammaticalisation that consider the stages on the so-called cline of grammaticality the prototypical path of grammaticalisation. After having questioned the notions of scalarity and gradualness, we present our concept of the grammatical paradigm and demonstrate the value of this concept in a discussion of examples from Polish, Russian, Danish, Italian and Finnish. The examples show that paradigmatic organisation is not restricted to morphology, but is also characteristic of word order and constructional syntax. Articles by prominent contributors to The Oxford Handbook of Grammaticalization (2011) are discussed during the presentation.
John Benjamins Publishing Company; April 2015
318 pages; ISBN 9789027269041
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Title: New Directions in Grammaticalization Research
Author: Andrew D.M. Smith; Graeme Trousdale; Richard Waltereit