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grammaticalize

Line breaks: gram|mat¦ical|ize
Pronunciation: /ɡrəˈmatɪk(ə)lʌɪz
 
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(also grammaticalise)

Definition of grammaticalize in English:

verb

[with object] Linguistics
Change (an element) from being one having lexical meaning into one having a largely grammatical function: we cannot assume that such notions will necessarily be grammaticalized in the structure of any particular language
More 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.

Derivatives

grammaticalization

1
noun
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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