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Title: Grammaticalization processes in the languages of South Asia
Authors: Coupe, Alexander R.
Keywords: Humanities::Linguistics
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Source: Coupe, A. R. (2018). Grammaticalization processes in the languages of South Asia. In H. Narrog, & B. Heine (Eds.), Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective (pp. 189-218). doi:10.1093/oso/9780198795841.003.0010
Abstract: This chapter describes grammaticalization patterns in a broad selection of languages of South Asia, a multilingual region of the world known to constitute a linguistic area in which unrelated languages demonstrate evidence of linguistic convergence. In addition to presenting representative examples of grammaticalization, the chapter specifically considers whether widely recurring patterns in unrelated languages could be induced by language contact. The investigation finds robust evidence for the transfer of seemingly identical cognitive schemas across the genetic boundaries of languages in contact. These target morphemes or constructions with identical meanings in unrelated languages, and they produce grammaticalization outcomes that are not attested in related languages located outside South Asia. Such replicated patterns must cater to a multilingual community’s communicative needs, while at the same time reducing the cognitive burden imposed by multilingualism in a linguistic area.
ISBN: 978-0-19-879584-1
DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198795841.003.0010
Rights: © 2018 Alexander R. Coupe. First published 2018 by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: open
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