Definition of grammaticalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrəˈmadikəˌlīz/


[with object] Linguistics
Change (an element) from one having lexical meaning into one having a largely grammatical function.
Example sentences
  • The lexical items that become grammaticalized must first serve commonly needed discourse functions.
  • The fact that concepts are grammaticalized differently in different languages is a major problem for translation, especially for machine translation.



Pronunciation: /-ˌmatikəliˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • I have to admit that her derivation probably wouldn't make good news copy, although it is a process that parallels the similar grammaticalization of gonna.
  • Language changes like that, when a word with a concrete meaning becomes a word that only expresses a function of grammar, it is called grammaticalization.
  • In my syntax seminar the other day we were discussing grammaticalisation in French negation.
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