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Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective

Heiko Narrog and Bernd Heine


This volume explores the way in which grammaticalization processesâ whereby lexical words eventually become markers of grammatical categories—converge and differ across various types of language. While grammaticalization at its core is a unidirectional phenomenon, in which the same pathways of change are replicated across languages, certain language types and language areas have distinct preferences with respect to what they grammaticalize and how. Previous work has principally addressed this question with specific reference to languages of Southeast and East Asia that do not seem to grammatic ... More

Keywords: grammaticalization, grammatical categories, lexical words, grammaticalization chains, typology, pathways

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198795841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198795841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heiko Narrog, editor
Professor at the Graduate School of International Cultural Studies, Tohoku University

Bernd Heine, editor
Emeritus Professor, Institute of African Studies, University of Cologne

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1 Introduction

Heiko Narrog and Bernd Heine

8 Grammaticalization in Turkic

Lars Johanson and Éva Á. Csató

9 Grammaticalization in Japanese and Korean

Heiko Narrog, Seongha Rhee, and John Whitman

11 Grammaticalization in isolating languages and the notion of complexity

Umberto Ansaldo, Walter Bisang, and Pui Yiu Szeto