A Functional Discourse Grammar Theory of Grammaticalization

Volume 2: Formal Change


In this volume, long-standing assumptions about the formal changes involved in grammaticalization are evaluated in the light of the striking diversity of human languages. To this end, the traditional notions of morphological coalescence, syntactic fixation and phonological erosion are reassessed with regard to their relationship with the diachronic changes affecting the function of the construction and with larger-scale typological changes that affect the language as a whole (especially, shifts in morphological type and word-order patterns). The author reaches the conclusion that suprasegmental phonological erosion and syntactic fixation (redefined in a template-based framework) are direct consequences of functional change and are therefore significant indicators of grammaticalization, whereas coalescence and segmental erosion are independently motivated by psycholinguistic, rather than strictly grammatical factors.

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Riccardo Giomi, Ph.D. (2020), University of Lisbon, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Liège. He has authored several publications on Functional Discourse Grammar, among which Headedness and modification in Functional Discourse Grammar (Glossa 5.1, 2020) and The place of interpersonal lexemes in linguistic theory, with special reference to Functional Discourse Grammar (Corpus Pragmatics 5.2, 2021).
List of Tables and Figures

1 Introduction

2 Syntagmatic Weight
 2.1 Introduction
 2.2 Fusional Languages
 2.3 Agglutinating Languages
 2.4 Isolating Languages
 2.5 Summary and Conclusions

3 Syntagmatic Cohesion
 3.1 The Nature of Bondedness and Its Relations to Other Parameters
 3.2 On the Reliability and Typological Relevance of Coalescence as an Indicator of Grammaticalization
 3.3 Coalescence and Change of Morphological Type
 3.4 Coalescence in Grammaticalization and Lexicalization
 3.5 Summary and Conclusions

4 Syntagmatic Variability
 4.1 Introduction
 4.2 Re(de)fining Syntagmatic Variability
 4.3 Syntagmatic Variability and Word Order Change
 4.4 Summary and Conclusions

5 Phonological Autonomy
 5.1 Segmental Erosion
 5.2 Suprasegmental Erosion
 5.3 Summary and Conclusions

6 Formal Change in FDG
 6.1 Introduction
 6.2 Syntagmatic Cohesion in FDG
 6.3 Syntagmatic Variability in FDG
 6.4 Phonological Autonomy in FDG
 6.5 Conclusions

7 Conclusions
 7.1 In Defence of Complexity
 7.2 Conclusions Proper

Language Index
Subject Index
The audience targeted by the work includes researchers in and postgraduate students of historical linguistics, linguistic typology and the theory of Functional Discourse Grammar.
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