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Title
Lexicalization and grammaticalization : the case of the verbo-nominal expressions be on the/ones way/road
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Abstract
In this article we show that verbo-nominal expressions be on the/ones way/road emerged as lexical composite predicates in Old English. These templates came to be elaborated by directional adjuncts, adjuncts describing states or events, and purpose clauses. In Late Modern English, the structure with a to-infinitive was functionally reinterpreted as a secondary auxiliary + lexical head, whose core sense is imminential aspect. On the basis of this case study, we develop a theoretical reflection on the differences between lexicalization and grammaticalization, as they emerge within a functional-constructional approach. On the syntagmatic axis, we adopt Boye & Harders (2007, 2012) principles for distinguishing lexicalized from grammaticalized uses on the basis of their having primary or secondary status in discourse usage. On the paradigmatic axis, we rethink the neo-Firthian distinction between lexis and grammar in diachronic terms. Individual lexical items are defined by their collocations (Sinclair 1991) and grammatical values by their systemic interdependencies (Halliday 1992). Lexicalization is then characterized by the development of distinctive collocational networks and grammaticalization by the acquisition of the defining interdependencies with values from related grammatical systems.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Functions of language. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2015
ISSN
0929-998X
Volume/pages
22:2(2015), p. 232-263
ISI
000368515800003
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 09.11.2015
Last edited 10.08.2017