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Title: The Grammaticalization of Tense Markers: A pragmatic reanalysis
Author: Steve Nicolle
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Institution: Africa International University
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Semantics; Syntax
Subject Language: Digo
English
Abstract: This paper discusses constructions in English and Digo (a Bantu language) which behave syntactically like tenses and are derived from movement verbs, which are common sources of tense markers. However, these constructions encode information about physical movement rather than temporal relations. I will demonstrate that each construction has developed from a lexical source with which it is semantically (but not pragmatically) identical. This implies that, contrary to the prevalent view in grammaticalization studies, semantic and structural change are not necessarily interdependent processes in grammaticalization.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In: L. de Saussure, J. Moeschler and G. Puskas (eds.) Tense, Mood and Aspect: Theoretical and descriptive issues, 47-65. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. (Cahiers Chronos 17.)


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