Title: Lexicalization and grammaticalization: The case of the verbo-nominal expressions be on the/one’s way/road
Authors: Van Rompaey, Tinne * ×
Davidse, Kristin *
Petré, Peter #
Issue Date: Sep-2015
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co.
Series Title: Functions of Language vol:22 issue:2 pages:232-263
Abstract: In this article we show that verbo-nominal expressions be on the/one’s way/road emerged as lexical composite predicates in Old English. These templates came to be elaborated by directional adjuncts, adjuncts describing states or events, and purpose clauses. In Late Modern
English, the structure with to-infinitive was functionally reinterpreted as secondary auxiliary + lexical head, whose core sense is imminential aspect. This case study forms the occasion of theoretical reflection on the differences between lexicalization and grammaticalization, as they emerge within a functional constructional approach. On the syntagmatic axis, we adopt Boye & Harder’s (2007, 2012) principles for distinguishing lexicalized from grammaticalized uses on the basis of their having primary or secondary status in discourse usage. On the paradigmatic axis, we rethink the neo-Firthian distinction between lexis and grammar in diachronic terms. Individual lexical items are defined by their collocations (Sinclair 1990) and
grammatical values by their systemic interdependencies (Halliday 1992). Lexicalization is then characterized by the development of distinctive lexicosemantically motivated
collocational networks and grammaticalization by the acquisition of the defining interdependencies with values from related grammatical systems.
ISSN: 0929-998X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Functional and Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology (FunC), Leuven
Faculty of Arts - miscellaneous
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× corresponding author
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