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Muriel Norde


This is a book about degrammaticalization, a rare type of linguistic change whereby grams become ‘less grammatical’, typical examples being shifts from affix to clitic, or from function word to lexical item. It discusses the alleged unidirectionality of semantic and morphosyntactic change, showing that change is in fact reversible on all levels. It also aims to classify degrammaticalization by examining primitive changes on several levels: semantics, pragmatics, morphology, syntax, and phonology. It is argued that there exist three separate types of degrammaticalization: degrammation, whereby ... More

Keywords: linguistic change, degrammaticalization, affix, clitic, morphology, syntax, phonology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199207923
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199207923.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Muriel Norde, author
University of Groningen