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date: 23 October 2019

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This article evaluates the relation between grammaticalisation and functional linguistics. It outlines a theory that is usage-based and functional, which assumes that structure arises out of regularities in usage, selected and systematized through invisible-hand type feedback mechanisms. It argues that the so-called non-naïve functionalists need to provide an account of what they take to be the structural characteristics that functional elements have to take on in order to fall within the purview of grammaticalisation.

Keywords: grammaticalisation, functional linguistics, theory, usage-based, functional, structure, feedback mechanisms, non-naïve functionalists, functional elements

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