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date: 14 October 2019

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This article examines the relation between word order change and grammaticalisation. It argues that word order change understood as the linearization of word or constituent order alone is not grammaticalisation and suggests that these two are so often intertwined that their interdependence deserves close attention. It outlines examples of three sites in which word order changes can be said to be closely tied to grammaticalization: clause structure, argument structure, and modifier structure within the noun phrase.

Keywords: word order change, grammaticalisation, clause structure, argument structure, modifier structure, noun phrase

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