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The pre-linguistic basis of grammaticalisation: a unified approach to metaphor and reanalysis


Höfler, Stefan; Smith, A D M (2009). The pre-linguistic basis of grammaticalisation: a unified approach to metaphor and reanalysis. Studies in Language, 33(4):886-909.

Abstract

Traditionally, grammaticalisation has been described as being based on phenomena specific to language such as metaphorical extension or reanalysis. This characterisation is somewhat in contrast to claims that grammaticalisation is involved in the much more general process of the initial emergence of language. In this article, we provide a unified analysis of both the metaphor-based and the reanalysis-based account of grammaticalisation which is grounded in the cognitive mechanisms underlying ostensive-inferential communication. We are thus able to show that the process of grammaticalisation is an instantiation of a domain-general pre-linguistic phenomenon.

Traditionally, grammaticalisation has been described as being based on phenomena specific to language such as metaphorical extension or reanalysis. This characterisation is somewhat in contrast to claims that grammaticalisation is involved in the much more general process of the initial emergence of language. In this article, we provide a unified analysis of both the metaphor-based and the reanalysis-based account of grammaticalisation which is grounded in the cognitive mechanisms underlying ostensive-inferential communication. We are thus able to show that the process of grammaticalisation is an instantiation of a domain-general pre-linguistic phenomenon.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:21 Jan 2010 12:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:37
Publisher:John Benjamins
ISSN:0378-4177
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/sl.33.4.03hoe
Official URL:http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_articles.cgi?bookid=SL%2033%3A4&artid=425128707
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-25564

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