The study of grammaticalization raises a number of fundamental theoretical issues pertaining to the relation of langue and parole, creativity and automatic coding, synchrony and diachrony, categoriality and continua, typological characteristics and language-specific forms, etc., and therefore challenges some of the basic tenets of twentieth century linguistics.This two-volume work presents a number of diverse theoretical viewpoints on grammaticalization and gives insights into the genesis, development, and organization of grammatical categories in a number of language world-wide, with particular attention to morphosyntactic and semantic-pragmatic issues.
The papers in Volume I are divided into two sections, the first concerned with general method, and the second with issues of directionality. Those in Volume II are divided into five sections: verbal structure, argument structure, subordination, modality, and multiple paths of grammaticalization.
1. Foreword; 2. Introduction (by Traugott, Elizabeth Closs); 3. I. General Method; 4. On some principles of grammaticization (by Hopper, Paul J.); 5. On the gradualness of grammaticalization (by Lichtenberk, Frantisek); 6. Serial verbs and the mental reality of 'event': Grammatical vs. cognitive packaging (by Givon, T.); 7. Grammaticalization as retextualization (by Nichols, Johanna); 8. II. Directionality; 9. From cognition to grammar: Evidence from African languages (by Heine, Bernd); 10. The semantics-pragmatics of grammaticalization revisited (by Traugott, Elizabeth Closs); 11. The de dicto domain in language (by Frajzyngier, Zygmunt); 12. The grammaticallization of rhetorical questions in Tamil (by Herring, Susan C.); 13. Some grammaticalization changes in Estonian and their implications (by Campbell, Lyle); 14. The last stages of grammatical elements; contractive and expansive desemanticization (by Greenberg, Joseph H.); 15. Substrates, calquing and grammaticalization in Melanesian pidgin (by Keesing, Roger M.)