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Grammaticalization
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Grammaticalization is the change whereby lexical items and constructions come in certain linguistic contexts to lose their lexical meaning and serve grammatical functions, or, the change whereby a grammatical item develops a new grammatical function. Grammaticalization and analogy are the two ways in which grammatical forms develop in any language. A classic example of grammaticalization is the English word go, which can be used to mark the future tense, as in I am going to read a book tomorrow. In such cases, go has lost its lexical meaning (associated with physical movement…

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Rubin, Aaron D., “Grammaticalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, Edited by: Geoffrey Khan. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-4241_ehll_EHLL_COM_00000722>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004176423



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