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Convergent Grammaticalization of Some Romance Auxiliaries

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LIX (4), p. 317-334
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:The paper discusses a situation that may occur during the historical process of grammaticalization. This phenomenon, labelled convergent grammaticalization, consists of several items evolving along clines that ultimately lead to a single grammatical function. After a brief theoretical projection, the paper analyses three such situations: the French future, the Italian passive, and the Romanian future. In each of these cases, two or more items began to grammaticalize, drew closer and closer in meaning, construction and usage, and ended by competing for the same grammatical meaning, with more or less predictible issues. Such convergencies may occur or have occurred during any grammaticalization process, with important consequences upon the pace and issue of the process.
Key words:grammaticalization, auxiliary, future, passive, French, Italian, Romanian
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 3

References in this publication: 5

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