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Areal diffusion and the limits of grammaticalization: An Amazonian perspective

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posted on 21.06.2022, 01:32 authored by Alexandra AikhenvaldAlexandra Aikhenvald
Intensive contact brings about diffusion of grammatical categories. Grammaticalization of lexical items is one of the mechanisms at play as languages converge and new categories develop. In a situation of intensive contact-induced change, the forms to be grammaticalized, and semantic changes involved, may turn out to be somewhat unexpected, forcing us to reconsider potential constraints on grammaticalization. We focus on a number of instances of hitherto undescribed grammaticalization paths in the languages of the Vaupés River Basin linguistic area in northwest Amazonia (especially Tariana, the only extant Arawak language), and then discuss further examples of typologically unusual instances of grammaticalization in Amazonian languages.

History

Editor

Narrog H; Heine B

Volume

31

Start Page

337

End Page

349

Number of Pages

13

ISBN-13

9780198795841

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Place of Publication

Oxford, UK

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Chapter Number

16

Number of Chapters

19

Parent Title

Grammaticalization from a typological perspective