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Meaning Change in GrammaticalizationAn Enquiry into Semantic Reanalysis$
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Regine Eckardt

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262601.001.0001

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Meaning Change under Reanalysis: Previous Views

Meaning Change under Reanalysis: Previous Views

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(p.22) 2 Meaning Change under Reanalysis: Previous Views
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Meaning Change in Grammaticalization
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Regine Eckardt (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262601.003.0002

This chapter delineates the issues and questions in diachronic linguistics that are addressed in the book. It's purpose is twofold: it introduces the current debate and criticizes earlier theories of meaning change in grammaticalization, specifically the metaphor approach, the metonymy approach, and bleaching. Finally, this chapter points out that semantic reanalysis is a process visible, but not limited, to grammaticalization phenomena. The emergence of discourse particles offers another domain where semantic reanalysis can be observed.

Keywords:   metaphor, metonymy, bleaching, discourse particles, language change

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