Article Emergence in Old English 1

Article Emergence in Old English

Sommerer, Lotte

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9783110539370

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This book investigates the emergence of the definite and the indefinite article in English. Analyzing Old English prose texts, it discusses the nature of linguistic categorization and argues that a cognitive, usage-based construction grammar approach best explains when, how and why the article category developed. The observable grammaticalization is reconceptualized as constructionalization, which is triggered by analogy and frequency effects.