publication . Article . 1994

Functional categories, X-bar-theory, and grammaticalization theory

Haspelmath, Martin;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 1994
ABSTRACT: The paper reviews a number of parallels between grammaticalization theory and Chomskyan syntax that are not apparent because of the radically different ways of talking in these two research traditions. First, the recently rediscovered ‘functional categories’ evidently correspond to highly grammaticalized elements. Second, neither functional categories nor highly grammaticalized elements are restricted to either word or affix status. Third, several functional categories have head status both from the point of view of Chomskyan syntax and from the point of view of grammaticalization theory. However, these parallels break down when determiners are concern...
free text keywords: functional category, grammaticalization, X-bar theory
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