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Unity and diversity in grammaticalization scenarios
The volume contains a selection of papers originally presented at the symposium on “Areal patterns of grammaticalization and cross-linguistic variation in grammaticalization scenarios” held on 12-14 March 2015 at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. The papers, written by leading scholars combining expertise in historical linguistics and grammaticalization research, study variation in grammaticalization scenarios in a variety of language families (Slavic, Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Burman, Bantu, Mande, "Khoisan", Siouan, and Mayan). The volume stands out in the vast literature on grammaticalization by focusing on variation in grammaticalization scenarios and areal patterns in grammaticalization. Apart from documenting new grammaticalization paths, the volume makes a methodological contribution as it addresses an important question of how to reconcile universal outcomes of grammaticalization processes with the fact that the input to these processes is language-specific and construction-specific.
Back again to the future: How to account for directionality in grammatical change
The origin of comitative adverbs in Japhug
Copulas originating from the imperative of ‘see/look’ verbs in Mande languages
Multiple argument marking in BantoidFrom syntheticity to analyticity
Grammaticalization of participles and gerunds in Indo-Aryan: Preterite, future, infinitivePreterite, future, infinitive
On the grammaticalization of demonstratives in Hoocąk und other Siouan languages
Grammaticalization of tense/aspect/mood marking in Yucatec Maya
Diachrony and typology of Slavic aspectWhat does morphology tell us?
Review in Diachronica
by Martin Hilpert
published February 10, 2020
To come to an evaluation, Bisang and Malchukov have put together an impressive and highly useful collection of papers. The authors are leading experts on grammaticalization and the languages they are working on. Their contributions add up to an overview of grammaticalization pheonmena that covers an exceptionally broad array of language families and that provides insights into different grammatical categories. The main focus of the volume is on tense and aspect, but with contributions on argument marking, comitative adverbs, copulas and demonstrative pronouns, the scope is much wider than just verbal grammar. As such, the book is an excellent collection that represents the current state of the art in grammaticalization studies.
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