Lexicalization and Language Change (Research Surveys in by Laurel J. Brinton,Elizabeth Closs Traugott

By Laurel J. Brinton,Elizabeth Closs Traugott

Lexicalization, a strategy of language swap, has been conceptualized in numerous methods. greatly outlined because the adoption of thoughts into the lexicon, it's been considered by means of syntacticians because the opposite means of grammaticalization, through morphologists as a regimen technique of word-formation, and by way of semanticists because the improvement of concrete meanings. during this up to date survey, Laurel Brinton and Elizabeth Traugott learn a few of the conceptualizations of lexicalization which have been offered within the literature. In mild of up to date paintings on grammaticalization, they then suggest a brand new, unified version of lexicalization and grammaticalization. Their technique is illustrated with quite a few case reviews from the heritage of English, together with current participles, multi-word verbs, adverbs, and discourse markers, in addition to a few examples from different Indo-European languages. the 1st assessment of a few of the techniques to lexicalization, this booklet should be helpful to scholars and students of old linguistics and language change.

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