Corpus Approaches to Grammaticalization in English

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Hans Lindquist, Christian Mair
John Benjamins Publishing, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages
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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.
  

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ISBN 1588115232 (Hb : alk. paper)
9027222843 (Eur.)
中图分类号 H314
题名 Corpus approaches to grammaticalization in English / edited by Hans Lindquist, Christian Mair. [monograph]
出版 Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., c2004.
描述 xiv, 264 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
丛编 Studies in corpus linguistics, ;ISSN:1388-0373 ; v. 13
一般附注 "Contains revised versions of five out of six papers presented at the international symposium ... organized by Hans Lindquist at Vxj University, Sweden, 20-22 April 2001."--Pref.
书目 Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
主题 - LC English language -- Discourse analaysis.
English language -- Grammaticalization.
附加款目 Lindquist, Hans.
Mair, Christian.
 

Contents

Grammaticalisation variation
33
Be able to in
57
A case study of layering
79
Statistics
121
On the development
151
Are lowfrequency complex prepositions grammaticalized? On
171
Plural be
211
A case of degrammaticalization?
227
Name index
257
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Christian Mair is Chair in English Linguistics at the Universitat Freiburg, Germany.

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