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date: 02 March 2021

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This article focuses on the gradual coalescence into words, one aspect of grammaticalisation that is still considered important even though it no longer occupies centre stage in grammaticalisation research. The article explains that the coalescence of function words with nearby content words is a widespread phenomenon in languages, and it is often assumed that most affixes ultimately have their origin in fused function words. It also discusses what kinds of elements coalesce in grammaticalisation.

Keywords: gradual coalescence, words, grammaticalisation, languages, affixes, function words

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