Grammaticalization by Paul J. Hopper
(Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)

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This is the first general introduction to grammaticalization, the processes whereby ordinary lexical items, such as nouns and verbs, change over time into grammatical elements such as case markers, sentence connectives and auxiliaries, and whereby grammatical elements in general come into being and decay. The authors synthesize work from several areas of linguistics, including historical linguistics, discourse analysis and pragmatics. Data are drawn from many languages, including Ewe, Finnish, French, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, and especially English.

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Elizabeth Closs Traugott is Professor of Linguistics and English at Stanford University. Her publications include A History of English Syntax (1972), Linguistics for Students of Literature (co-authored with Mary L. Pratt, 1980), Grammaticalization (co-authored with Paul J. Hopper, Cambridge, 1993) and Regularity in Semantic Change (co-authored with Richard B. Dasher, Cambridge, 2001).
Published July 31, 2003 by Cambridge University Press. 300 pages
Genres: Education & Reference. Non-fiction