Auxiliaries: Cognitive Forces and Grammaticalization

Hardcover | October 1, 1994

byBernd Heine

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Offering a new perspective on auxiliaries in particular and language structure in general, this study argues that language cannot be explained satisfactorily with reference to linguistic variables alone; what is required in addition are extra-linguistic parameters relating to how we perceivethe world around us, and how we utilize the linguistic resources available to us to conceptualize our experiences, and to communicate successfully. Rather than a closed, self-contained system, language is an entity that is constantly shaped by such external factors as cognitive forces, pragmaticmanipulation, history, etc. These factors are responsible for the emergence of chain-like linguistic structures, and auxiliaries are typical examples of such structures, which Heine describes as grammaticalization chains. A limited number of concrete event schemas are discussed and these schemas areshown to be responsible for much of the linguistic diversity that auxiliary constructions exhibit in the languages of the world.

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Offering a new perspective on auxiliaries in particular and language structure in general, this study argues that language cannot be explained satisfactorily with reference to linguistic variables alone; what is required in addition are extra-linguistic parameters relating to how we perceivethe world around us, and how we utilize the l...

Bernd Heine is at University of Cologne.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.49 × 6.3 × 0.75 inPublished:October 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195083873

ISBN - 13:9780195083873

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"Auxiliaries: Cognitive forces and grammaticalization refines and elaborates upon the idea of grammaticalization and thus will have an audience among those who are interested in the phenomenon."--Language