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date: 19 August 2018

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This article explores the grammaticalisation of the grammar category of definite articles. It explains that the grammaticalisation process that leads to the development of articles which exhibits cross-linguistic regularities. In most cases, the definite article originates from a weakened demonstrative, while the indefinite article derives from the unity numeral ‘one’. This article also discusses the morphosyntactic role of noun marker or noun phrase marker in the grammaticalisation of definite articles.

Keywords: definite articles, grammaticalisation, cross-linguistic regularities, weakened demonstrative, morphosyntactic role, noun marker, noun phrase marker

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