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Lexicalization and Language Change (Research Surveys in Linguistics)

by Laurel J. Brinton

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Brinton and Traugott try to achieve two goals with this book. One is to provide an overview of how notions of lexicalization and grammaticalization have been viewed in the literature and to lay out the conflicting interpretations of them as well as the resulting analyses that have sorted diachronic phenomena under both headings. This they do masterfully, with a solid grasp on the existing literature.

The second goal is to provide a workable definition of both lexicalization and grammaticalization that is a) relative, so that phenomena don't have to tick off all the criteria; b) sensible; and c) acceptable to many scholars in the field. I think they succeeded in accomplishing this goal, too.

Don't be fooled by the title, though: the book is more about grammaticalization than about anything else. ( )
  Petroglyph | Apr 24, 2012 |
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Lexicalization, a process of language change, has been conceived in a variety of ways. In this up-to-date survey, Laurel Brinton and Elizabeth Traugott examine the various ideas that have been presented. 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.

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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..… (more)

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