Grammaticalization can be understood as a process by which grammar is created; more narrowly, it is defined as the development from lexical to grammatical forms, and from grammatical to even more grammatical forms. This chapter shows that the main goal of grammaticalization theory is to understand why grammar in general and functional categories in particular is structured the way it is. Typological generalizations on grammatical change provide a relevant tool for explaining structural properties of grammatical categories.
|Title of host publication||The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2012 Sept 18|
- Functional categories
- Grammaticalization theory