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Meaning Change in Grammaticalization: An Enquiry into Semantic Reanalysis

Regine Eckardt


This book investigates meaning change in grammaticalization in terms of truth conditional semantics and a well-explicated syntax-semantics interface. Following a survey of earlier theories of grammaticalization, particularly those that focus on the meaning side, four major case studies of meaning change in grammaticalization probe the hypothesis that this type of change is best viewed as a restructuring at the syntax-semantics interface. The case studies cover the emergence of going to future in English, the negation particles in French, the emergence of the scalar particle selbst (even) in Ge ... More

Keywords: truth conditional semantics, reanalysis, pragmatics, negation, focus, determiner, future tense, syntax-semantics interface

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199262601
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262601.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Regine Eckardt, author
University of Gottingen
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