publication . Preprint . 2016

by way of vs. by means of: On the Expression of Instrumentality in Middle English and Early Modern English

Romero-Barranco, Jesús;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Country: Spain
Abstract
Grammaticalization is defined as “a process whereby a lexical item, with full referential meaning, develops grammatical meaning” (Fischer and Rosenbach 2000: 2; see also Hopper 1991; Diewald and Wischer 2002). According to Rissanen, grammaticalization may occur both with native and borrowed items at any stage of the History of English, being developed from one single lexical item or a group of words (2000: 152). This is the case of by way of and by means of that, according to the OED, were first attested in English at the beginning of the fifteenth century. Their prepositional function is the result of a process of grammaticalization undergone by way and mean, w...
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free text keywords: Inglés -- Historia, Grammaticalization, Complex preposition, History of english
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