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Grammaticalization

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 3 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course provides an introduction to the study of grammaticalization, a process whereby grammatical markers and constructions arise in the languages of the world. The topics of the course include the history of grammaticalization research, approaches to the definition of grammaticalization, parameters of grammaticalization, grammaticalization sources and grammaticalization paths in various domains, as well as language-specific case studies. To a large extent the course is based on students’ readings of relevant research papers, their presentation and classroom discussions.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To introduce the students to the methods and practicalities of research of grammaticalization phenomena.
  • To develop and practice critical academic reading skills of the students.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students are good at critical academic reading.
  • Students are able to identify grammaticalization phenomena and analyse them with the help of parameters established in grammaticalization research.
  • Students are able to formulate the strong and weak points of Grammaticalization theory.
  • Students are able to reproduce grammaticalization "profiles" of 3-5 major language families.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The history of grammaticalization research
    The term "grammatic(al)ization" and the history of grammaticalization research
  • The definition of grammaticalization
    Approaches to the definition of grammaticalization; grammaticalization and lexicalization
  • Grammaticalization sources
    Grammaticalization sources: cross-linguistic overview
  • Grammaticalization and language contact
  • Grammaticalization theory
    Grammaticalization theory and its critique; degrammaticalization
  • Parameters of grammaticalization
  • Grammaticalization paths in various domains
  • Grammaticalization profiles of language families
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking intermediate quiz
  • non-blocking presentation
    Presentation based on a paper selected from the course reading
  • blocking final quiz
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.5 * final quiz + 0.3 * intermediate quiz + 0.2 * presentation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Heine, B., & Kuteva, T. (2002). World Lexicon of Grammaticalization. Cambridge University Press.
  • Lehmann, C. (2018). Thoughts on grammaticalization. https://doi.org/10.17169/refubium-22314
  • The Oxford handbook of grammaticalization, Narrog, H., 2011

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Hopper, P. J., & Giacalone Ramat, A. (1998). The Limits of Grammaticalization. John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Muriel Norde. (2009). Degrammaticalization. OUP Oxford.
  • New reflections on grammaticalization, Wischer, I., 2002
  • Stathi, K., Gehweiler, E., & König, E. (2010). Grammaticalization : Current Views and Issues. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=340316
  • Trousdale, G., & Traugott, E. C. (2010). Gradience, Gradualness and Grammaticalization. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Co. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=317187