Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Grammaticalization paths of periphrastic 'do'-constructions
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics. Allmän språkvetenskap.
2007 (English)In: Studies van de Belgische Kring voor Linguïstiek: Travaux de Cercle Belge de Linguistique, Papers of the Lingustic Society of Belgium, Vol. 2, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study demonstrates cross-linguistic parallels in the grammaticalization of ‘do’-auxiliaries in ,periphrastic, verb constructions. Such constructions are exemplified by the phenomenon of ‘do’-support in English, where they are

obligatory in interrogative and negative clauses. Similar phenomena can be attested across a wide range of genetically and typologically diverse languages. The auxiliary in ,periphrastic, ‘do’-constructions is derived from a ‘schematic action’ verb that can either be directly associated with a specific function, or it appears in the clause as a consequence of other grammatical

factors. Based on a sample of 200 languages I will argue that ,periphrastic, ‘do’-constructions become grammaticalized in a limited range of grammatical context after going through a stage of optional usage, and also that direct expression of a verbal category by a ‘do’-auxiliary represents a possible final stage of grammaticalization of the ‘schematic action’-verb. The verbal

categories expressed by such an element are restricted to a subsection of tense, aspect and mood. If in a given language the use of a ‘do’-auxiliary has become obligatory in association with other functions, the auxiliary will not grammaticalize further and continues as a semantically bleached dummy element. Tense, aspect and mood are therefore the only functional domains in which ‘do’-auxiliaries can become grammaticalized as meaningful elements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 2, no 1
Keyword [en]
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11039OAI: diva2:177558
Available from: 2008-01-09 Created: 2008-01-09 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Jäger, Andreas
By organisation
Department of Linguistics
General Language Studies and Linguistics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 135 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link