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date: 28 February 2021

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This article examines the history of grammaticalisation in Germanic languages. It provides Germanic examples of degrammaticalisation and explains that all Germanic languages have grammaticalised a set of auxiliary verbs. A common grammaticalisation path in Germanic is the development of discourse markers out of conjunctions. This article also provides a synchronic comparison of grammaticalised forms across the Germanic languages.

Keywords: Germanic languages, grammaticalisation, degrammaticalisation, auxiliary verbs, discourse markers, conjunctions

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