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Constructions, grammatical status and morphologization

Popova, Gergana. 2017. Constructions, grammatical status and morphologization. Studies in Language, 41(1), pp. 1-32. ISSN 0378-4177 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This paper critically explores the question of what it means for a construction to be grammatical. The paper engages with some of the observations made in the grammaticalisation literature that elements in grammatical constructions undergo morphologization, and aims to show that grammatical status and morphologization need not be aligned. A number of parameters along which the grammatical status of a multiword expressions can vary are proposed and data illustrating different aspects of these parameters are discussed in detail. The data are used to argue that grammatical status is complex and multifaceted and linked not only to the formal properties of a construction, but also to its semantics and the relationship it has with other grammatical forms (e.g. inflected forms) in a given language.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.41.1.01pop

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

English and Comparative Literature

Dates:

DateEvent
11 January 2016Accepted
1 May 2017Published Online
1 June 2017Published

Item ID:

18757

Date Deposited:

25 Jul 2016 09:48

Last Modified:

09 Jul 2018 23:49

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/18757

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