Areal diffusion and the limits of grammaticalization: an Amazonian perspective

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2018) Areal diffusion and the limits of grammaticalization: an Amazonian perspective. In: Narrog, Heiko, and Heine, Bernd, (eds.) Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective. Oxford Studies in Diachronic and Historical Linguistics, 31 . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 337-349.

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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.

Item ID: 53702
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-879584-1
Keywords: grammaticalization, language contact, Amazonian languages, linguistic diversity, convergence, Vaupés River Basin, Tariana, Arawak languages
Copyright Information: This chapter © Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald 2018. First published by Oxford University Press.
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 06:04
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax) @ 100%
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