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date: 07 March 2021

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This article provides an overview of the history of grammaticalisation in Sinitic languages. It discusses the evolution of the disposal or object marking constructions, passive and causative constructions, and classifiers. The model of grammatical change used in this study refers to two main mechanisms: analogy and reanalysis. The former includes so-called degrammaticalisation, while the latter includes both grammaticalization and exaptation processes.

Keywords: Sinitic languages, grammaticalisation, object marking, passive constructions, causative constructions, classifiers, analogy, reanalysis, degrammaticalisation, exaptation

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