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date: 18 January 2021

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This article analyses the relevance of prosodic change in the analysis of the grammaticalisation processes in languages that are typologically very diverse. It shows how the availability of recorded speech now allows us to explore synchronic data for evidence of prosodic change. It argues that present-day prosodic realization provides vital evidence to complement independent analyses of historical change. It explains that the prosodic analysis of discourse markers has a number of implications, not least for their classification in relation to other, more prototypical grammaticalised items.

Keywords: prosodic change, grammaticalisation process, languages, recorded speech, synchronic data, historical change, prosodic analysis, discourse markers

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