grammaticalization

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Etymology[edit]

From French grammaticalisation, coined in 1912 by the French linguist Antoine Meillet, corresponding to grammatical +‎ -ization.

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  • enPR: grə-mă'-tĭ-kə-lĭ-zā'-shən, IPA(key): /ɡɹə.ˌmæ.tɪ.kə.lɪ.ˈzeɪ.ʃən/

Noun[edit]

grammaticalization (countable and uncountable, plural grammaticalizations)

  1. (linguistics) The process of making grammatical.
  2. (linguistics) The process of language change by which a word or morpheme is reduced to more of a grammeme than a lexeme, for example the reduction of a content word representing an object or action (a noun or verb) to a clitic.
    Synonyms: grammaticization, grammatization

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