Grammaticalization in Japanese and Korean

Heiko Narrog, Seongha Rhee, John Whitman

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In this chapter, we try to present typical processes of grammaticalization in Japanese and Korean, and investigate which processes may particularly contribute to the discussion of theoretical aspects of grammaticalization. The processes introduced in some detail are the grammaticalization of converbs, of deverbal postpositions, and of nouns marking categories in the verb phrase as typical processes. We then discuss the morphological properties of grammaticalization in the two languages, and the high frequency of grammaticalization into interpersonal domains. Both features support extant ideas about grammaticalization rather than contradicting them. In contrast, a third point–that grammaticalizations may enter the language through writing rather than conversation–may be a challenge for ideas about grammaticalization that seek the source of grammaticalizations solely in speaker–hearer interaction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrammaticalization from a Typological Perspective
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780198795841
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1


  • Compound verbs
  • Converbs
  • Criteria of grammaticalization
  • Grammaticalization
  • Grammaticalization from written language
  • Grammaticalization of nouns
  • Intersubjectification


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