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date: 22 January 2021

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This article focuses on the status of degrammaticalisation in grammaticalisation studies. It describes the main similarities and differences between grammaticalisation and degrammaticalisation and outlines a typology of degrammaticalisation changes. It argues that there are three basic types of degrammaticalisation, which include degrammation, deinflectionalisation, and debonding. It contends that degrammaticalisation is a composite change whereby a gram in a specific context gains in autonomy or substance on more than one linguistic level.

Keywords: degrammaticalisation, grammaticalisation, degrammation, deinflectionalisation, debonding, linguistic level

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