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By Muriel Norde

Grammaticalization is a well-attested means of linguistic switch during which a lexical merchandise turns into a functionality be aware, that may be additional lowered to a clitic or affix. Proponents of the universality of grammaticalization have frequently argued that it truly is unidirectional and feature hence stumbled on it a useful gizmo in linguistic reconstruction. during this e-book Professor Norde exhibits that adjust is reversible on all degrees: semantic, morphological, syntactic, and phonological. as a result, the alleged unidirectionality of grammaticalization isn't a competent reconstructional software, whether degrammaticalization is an extraordinary phenomenon.

Degrammaticalization, she argues, is basically diversified from grammaticalization: it always contains a unmarried swap, examples being shifts from affix to clitic, or from functionality note to lexical merchandise. And the place grammaticalization could be obvious as a method, degrammaticalization is frequently the derivative of different adjustments. however, she indicates that it may be defined, like grammaticalization, in a principled means, as a way to determine no matter if a transformation in a be aware has been from extra to much less grammatical or vice versa, and the levels in which it has develop into so. utilizing info from various languages she constructs a typology of degrammaticalization adjustments. She explains why degrammaticalization is so infrequent and why a few linguists have such strongly unfavorable emotions in regards to the danger of its lifestyles. She provides to the certainty of grammaticalization and makes an important contribution to equipment of linguistic reconstruction and the learn of language switch. She writes sincerely, aiming to be understood by way of complicated undergraduate scholars in addition to attractive to students and graduate researchers in old linguistics.

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