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date: 05 August 2020

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Grammaticalization theory is a theory to the extent that it offers an explanatory account of how and why grammatical categories arise and develop, and why they are structured the way they are. Drawing on typological generalizations, it is concerned with regularities in language use as they can be observed in spoken and written linguistic discourse on the one hand and in language change on the other.

Keywords: decategorialization, desemanticization, extension, grammaticalization, overlap model, unidirectionality

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