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date: 18 January 2021

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This article examines the relationship between grammaticalisation and three mechanisms of change, including reanalysis, analogy, and repetition. It suggests that though reanalysis requires discreteness, it does not necessarily involve a saltation and argues that a distinction should be made between mechanisms and motivations; hence analogical thinking should be distinguished from analogical change. It also discusses the argument that analogy is reanalysis because local (micro-)restructuring results from optimisation.

Keywords: grammaticalisation, mechanisms of change, reanalysis, analogy, repetition, saltation, analogical thinking, analogical change, optimisation

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