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Lexicalization and Language Change

Lexicalization and Language Change

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  • Date Published: November 2005
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521833103

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  • Lexicalization, a process of language change, has been conceived in a variety of ways. In this up-to-date survey, Laurel Brinton and Elizabeth Traugott examine the various ideas that have been presented. In light of contemporary work on grammaticalization, they then propose a new, unified model of lexicalization and grammaticalization. Their approach is illustrated with a variety of case studies from the history of English, including present participles, multi-word verbs, adverbs, and discourse markers, as well as some examples from other Indo-European languages.

    • The first ever review of the various approaches to lexicalization that have been presented in the literature
    • Proposes a brand new, unified approach to lexicalization and grammaticalization
    • Draws on a wealth of data from the history of English
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    "Let me affirm once more the boon that is this book. If concise, intelligible summary of a vast body of technical literature comprises an enormous service to the community of linguists stretched all too thin by the isolating effects of micro-specialization, then the cogent, mindful blending of these disparate elements into a systematic approach constitutes a service worthy of broad attention." - Jamin R. Pelkey, SIL International and La Trobe University

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    • Date Published: November 2005
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521833103
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.483kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - no date available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Contexts for the study of lexicalization and grammaticalization
    2. Lexicalization: definitions and viewpoints
    3. The relation of lexicalization to grammaticalization
    4. Towards an integrated approach to lexicalization and grammaticalization
    5. Case studies
    6. Conclusion and research questions.

  • Authors

    Laurel J. Brinton, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
    Laurel J. Brinton is Professor in the Department of English, University of British Columbia.

    Elizabeth Closs Traugott, Stanford University, California
    Elizabeth Closs Traugott is Emerita Professor of Linguistics and English at Stanford University.

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