Language in Life and a Life in Language

Language in Life and a Life in Language

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The studies collected in this volume deal with pragmatic factors involved in the evolution of grammatical or lexical forms or in the emergence of complex syntactic structures in various languages (Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian and Spanish). They are set against the theoretical framework of grammaticalization. The main methodological tools are cross-linguistic contrastive analysis and diachronic perspective. The two main issues that emerge from these studies are the place of pragmatic factors in language change (input, output or setting/frame of the process) and the existence or otherwise of a prevailing mechanism for explaining change phenomenaEspecially the infamous a#39;entry into the fast lanea#39; caused some minutes of desperate pondering on the part of this European slowpoke, ... They were the ones who helped me buy my first own vehicle, a used Chevy II 1957 model with manual transmission and terry cloth seats, ... able to produce one of those all- knowing smiles that people put on when confronted with a particularly embarrassing question.

Title:Language in Life and a Life in Language
Author: Bruce Fraser, Ken Turner
Publisher:BRILL - 2009

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