An Enquiry into the Nature of Grammaticalization
By (author) Tania Kuteva
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Auxiliation by Tania Kuteva
Book DescriptionAuxiliation 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. This transformation, which involves morphosyntactic, semantic, and phonological changes, can be seen operating in the same direction across many (if not all) languages. There is no accepted theory to explain it. Tania Kuteva presents a cross-linguistic study of the phenomenon. She seeks (a) to explore the cognitive forces underlying auxiliation; (b) to shed light on how auxiliation relates to discourse and to pragmatic considerations; and (c) to show the relation between the conceptual-semantic and discourse-pragmatic factors at work in the process. Combining recent grammaticalization theory with insights from the psychology of language use, the author also offers a new perspective on how grammaticalization occurs in everyday linguistic communication. The book makes significant contributions to an explanatory theory of auxiliation, to the study of language change, and to the understanding of linguistic communication.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199265053
(233mm x 154mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2004
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.
World Lexicon of Grammaticalization, Hardback (March 2002)» View all books by Tania Kuteva
This 2002 book summarizes the most salient generalizations that have been made on grammatical forms and constructions.
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