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On the typological characteristics of the evolution of English grammaticalization

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DOI: 10.23977/ICSSEM2022.035


Tian Li

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Tian Li


When scholars at home and abroad discuss the mechanism of grammaticalization, few people discuss the role of language context in detail, which is generally the case in English and Chinese. Both English and Chinese scale structures have gone through a grammatical path with the lowest degree of obscurity, the higher degree of obscurity, and the higher degree of obscurity. The grammaticalization of scale structures in both English and Chinese involves the evolution of semantics, the cognitive way of metaphor and metonymy, the grammatical mechanism of analogy and reanalysis. In essence, the meaning and function of words are always realized in a certain context, and the virtualization of content words is realized due to the interaction of various factors in a certain language environment, and the language environment is one of them. an important factor. By comparing the degree of falsification of scale structures in English and Chinese, it can be concluded that there is a typical scale structure in Chinese, and its degree of futility is higher than that of English scale structures. The structure of the quantitative structure is more fixed, and the English scale structure has a tendency to develop to the structure of the Chinese scale structure. This paper provides a brief overview of the typological features of the evolution of English grammaticalization.


English, grammatical evolution, typology

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