An Enquiry into the Nature of Grammaticalization
By (author) Tania Kuteva
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Auxiliation by Tania Kuteva
Book DescriptionThis book probes into the nature of grammaticalization on the basis of an in-depth study of the process of auxiliation. Auxiliation is understood as the development of constructions into markers of tense, aspect, and modality. The book is an important contribution to the theory of grammaticalization (and language change in general), grammatical typology, and also to the study of human communication. Its originality lies on the one hand in the uncovering of new linguistic facts involving, among other things, the identification of the category of the avertive as a cross-linguistically valid grammatical distinction. On the other hand, it offers a new perspective on how grammaticalization happens in everyday linguistic communication. Particularly revealing is the study of the potential role that abductive reasoning and mismatches in discourse world knowledge between speaker and hearer play as a motivation for grammatical language change. Bringing together the explanatory potential of recent grammaticalization theory, and the insights from the latest studies of the psychology of language use, this book represents a valuable achievement in the investigation of grammatical language change and linguistic communication in general.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198299745
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tania Kuteva
Genesis of Grammar, Paperback (October 2007)
This book reconstructs what the earliest grammars might have been and shows how they could have led to the languages of modern humankind. It considers whether these languages derive from a single ancestral language; what the structure of language was when it first evolved; and how the properties associated with modern human languages first arose.
Language Contact and Grammatical Change, Hardback (January 2005)
Offers an interesting insight into how language contact affects grammatical forms and structures.
Auxiliation, Paperback (January 2004)» View all books by Tania Kuteva
Auxiliation describes the process by which auxiliary verbs - such as do, may, must, will, and have - develop from lexical verbs meaning exist, possess, hold, etc. The sequence of verb followed by complement turns into the grammatical structure of marker followed by main verb. Tania Kuteva presents a cross-linguistic study of the phenomenon.
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Author Biography - Tania Kuteva
Tania Kuteva is Professor of English Linguistics at the Institute for English Studies, University of Dusseldorf. She has worked with Professor Bernd Heine on the rise of grammatical functions in the languages of the world. He main publications are in the areas of grammaticalization and typology. This is her first book."
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