Modality-Independent and Modality-Specific Aspects of Grammaticalization in Sign Languages

Autor/a: PFAU, Roland; STEINBACH, Markus
Año: 2004
Editorial: Linguistics in Postdam nº 24 (2004) pp. 3-98
Tipo de código: ISSN
Código: 1616-7392
Soporte: Digital


Lingüística, Lingüística » Lingüística de otras Lenguas de Signos


One type of internal diachronic change that has been extensively studied for spoken languages is grammaticalization whereby lexical elements develop into free or bound grammatical elements. Based on a wealth of spoken languages, a large amount of prototypical grammaticalization pathways has been identified. Moreover, it has been shown that desemanticization, decategorialization, and phonetic erosion are typical characteristics of grammaticalization processes. Not surprisingly, grammaticalization is also responsible for diachronic change in sign languages.