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Title: Newest Trends in the Study of Grammaticalization and Lexicalization in Chinese
Edited By: Janet Zhiqun Xing
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [TiLSM] 236

Grammaticalization and lexicalization have been two major issues in the
study of diachronic change in the past few decades. Drawing evidence from
Western languages, researchers have uncovered a number of characteristics
of the process of grammaticalization and lexicalization, as well as the
relationship between the two. However, the question remains whether or not
those characteristics are applicable to genetically unrelated and typologically
different languages, such as Chinese.

The contributors of this volume attempt to answer just this question. Based
on Chinese historical data from the past three thousand years, five articles in
the volume investigate the development of a certain grammatical category:
the definite article (M. Fang), modal verbs of volition (A. Peyraube and M. Li),
the classifier class (J.Z. Xing), the repeater class (C. Zhang), and the
process of lexicalization (X. Dong), while the remaining four articles are case
studies of unique grammatical words which have all undergone a complicated
process of grammaticalization and some involved lexicalization: the sentence
particle ye (Q. Chen), the versatile directional verb "lái" (C. Liu), the degree
adverb "hen" (M. Liu and C. Chang), and the giving verb "gei" (F. Tsao). All
these studies have identified tendencies of diachronic change in Chinese and
some of them have also revealed certain typological characteristics that
Chinese has compared to other languages.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110253009
Pages: 306
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783110252996
Pages: 306
Prices: Europe EURO 99.95