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The project is a typological investigation of the different stages of the grammaticalization of progressive aspect. Earlier research has shown that the progressive origins from locative constructions and may be assumed to be one of the first aspectual markers to be grammaticalized in a language. One hypothesis is that the progressive later grammaticalizes into imperfective or present tense. The construction is therefore suitable for studies on grammaticalization and may give us insights on what has been assumed to be the first steps of the upcoming and further developments of aspect in natural languages. In order to explore the different stages that the progressive undergoes, several languages within the same language family are examined.
Typology, grammaticalization, morphology, semantics, diachrony and syntax. How do grammatical features come to being and why do they develop in the way they do? Functional explanations such as frequency, economy and semantic shift to scientific findings.
Östen Dahl (Department of Linguistics)
Matti Miestamo (Department of Linguistics)
MA, General Linguistics, Stockholm University (2010).
BA, General Linguistics, Stockholm University (2009).
BA, General and Comparative Literature/Literary Studies, Stockholm University (2008).
DGfS-CNRS Summer School on Linguistic Typology, Universität Leipzig (2010).