New PDF release: Is Grammaticalization Unidirectional?

By Kim Frintrop

Seminar paper from the 12 months 2014 within the topic English - Pedagogy, Didactics, Literature stories, grade: 1,7, Johannes Gutenberg college Mainz, direction: Seminar English Linguistics, language: English, summary: Grammaticalization is a well-attested strategy of language swap and offers a posh sub-field of linguistics. even supposing grammaticalization is assumed to be a slightly younger region of linguistics, its heritage is as previous because the historical past of linguistics (cf. Narrog & Heine 2011: 1). The time period ‘grammaticalization’ itself was once it sounds as if first coined through the French linguist Meillet, a pioneer within the box of grammaticalization. In his paintings L’évolution des formes grammaticales (1912), Meillet describes the method of grammaticalization as “Le passage d’un mot autonome au rôle d’élément grammatical” (1912: 131 stated in Ferraresi 2014: 1) indicating a metamorphosis of an erstwhile self reliant signal right into a grammatical point. a newer definition of grammaticalization is given by way of Hopper and Traugott who outline it as “the method wherein lexical goods and structures are available definite linguistic contexts to serve grammatical capabilities, and, as soon as grammaticalized, proceed to improve new grammatical features” (2008: xv).
Although the sector of grammaticalization is already broadly explored, its experiences stay fascinating seeing that a number of of them were the topic of serious discussions. the most fascinating and demanding hypotheses in grammaticalization stories is gifted by means of the unidirectionality speculation: “the declare that alterations that fall into the class of grammaticalization continually movement into the path – from extra to much less lexical or from much less grammatical to extra grammatical” (Börjars & Vincent 2011: 163).
However, is it impossible for a grammatical merchandise to develop into much less grammatical or maybe lexical? at the foundation of Norde’s fresh research on degrammaticalization (2009; 2012), the paper will take a more in-depth glance no matter if the unidirectionality speculation is solely actual or no longer.
The following paper is dependent as follows: part presents a quick evaluation of significant strategies and definitions interested by grammaticalization and at last it provides Lehmann’s parameters of grammaticalization (1995). In part 3, the paper encompasses a important technique on how the unidirectionality speculation could be defined. part 4 provides legitimate counterexamples of the unidirectionality speculation with admire to Lehmann’s parameters (1995). To finish, the paper summarizes the most results.

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