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Lexicalization, a process of language change, has been conceptualized in a variety of ways. Broadly defined as the adoption of concepts into the lexicon, it has been viewed by syntacticians as the reverse process of grammaticalization, by morphologists as a routine process of word-formation, and by semanticists as the development of concrete meanings. In this up-to-date survey, Laurel Brinton and Elizabeth Traugott examine the various conceptualizations of lexicalization that have been presented in the literature. In light of contemporary work on grammaticalization, they then propose a new, unified model of lexicalization and grammaticalization. Their approach is illustrated with a variety of case studies from the history of English, including present participles, multi-word verbs, adverbs, and discourse markers, as well as some examples from other Indo-European languages. The first review of the various approaches to lexicalization, this book will be invaluable to students and scholars of historical linguistics and language change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521540636
ISBN-10: 0521540631
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Laurel J. Brinton

Laurel J. Brinton is Professor in the Department of English, University of British Columbia. Elizabeth Closs Traugott is Emerita Professor of Linguistics and English at Stanford University.

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