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Metaphors of a Circle: Towards a Typology of Quasi-Grammaticalization
Linguistic Theory and Language Description
The current paper focuses on the investigation of quasi-grammaticalization of the constructions formed on the basis of metaphorical transfer in Russian, English, German and Spanish languages. The phenomenon of quasi-grammaticalization usually escapes from the attention of investigators because of its volatile lexical and grammatical status. We are going to observe this process beginning with the phenomenon of metaphorization as a pivot point towards further alternations. Then we will briefly review the theory of grammaticalization and try to shape our image of the nature of quasi-grammaticalization. Further we are going to observe the examples of quasi-grammaticalization supported by a sample we shaped from the corpora in Russian, English, German and Spanish. Finally, we will describe the tendencies applicable for quasi-grammaticalization.