Grammaticalization and Linguistic Analysis

Bernd Heine, Heiko Narrog

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191743849
ISBN (Print)9780199544004
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept 18


  • Functional categories
  • Grammar
  • Grammaticalization theory


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