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English Adjectives of Comparison: Lexical and Grammaticalized Uses (Topics in English Linguistics)

English Adjectives of Comparison: Lexical and Grammaticalized Uses (Topics in English Linguistics)

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  • ISBN-13: 9783110205800
  • Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
  • Release Date: Jul 16, 2010
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 395 pages
  • Dimensions: 1.08 x 9.29 x 6.29 inches

Overview

The book is concerned with a largely unrecognized grammaticalization process: deictification, or the development from quality-attributing to deictically used adjectives in the English noun phrase. On the basis of the synchronic and diachronic corpus-study of six English adjectives of comparison, deictification is shown to involve unstudied variants of subjectification and decategorialization.

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