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The Linguistic Cycle: Language Change and the Language Faculty

Elly van Gelderen


A cycle involves grammaticalization from lexical to functional category followed by renewal. Some well-known cycles involve negatives, where full negative phrases are reanalyzed as words and affixes and are then renewed by full phrases again. Verbal agreement is another good example: full pronouns are reanalyzed as agreement markers and are renewed again. Demonstrative pronouns also participate in a cycle when they are reanalyzed as articles and then as affixes and then renewed. The aim of this book is not only to chronicle cycles cross-linguistically but also to account for them. It argues th ... More

Keywords: grammaticalization, cycle, minimalist, features, parameters, economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199756056
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756056.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elly van Gelderen, author
Arizona State University