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The diachrony of definiteness in north Germanic / Dominika Skrzypek, Alicja Piotrowska, Rafal Jaworski.
Leiden ; Boston : BRILL, 
1 online resource (xiv, 260 pages).
Brill's studies in historical linguistics.
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This book is an account of the rise of definite and indefinite articles in Danish, Swedish and Icelandic, as documented in a choice of extant texts from 1200-1550. These three North Germanic languages show different development patterns in the rise of articles, despite the common origin, but each reveals interdependencies between the two processes. The matter is approached from both a quantitative and a qualitative perspective. The statistical analysis provides an improved overview on article grammaticalization, focusing on the factors at the basis of such process. The in-depth qualitative analysis of longer text passages places the crucial stage of the definite article grammaticalization with the so-called indirect anaphoric reference. Readership: All interested in historical linguistics and North Germanic languages, in particular those with interest in the rise of definite and indefinite articles; also linguists (including undergraduates) with interest in the category of definiteness and in corpus linguistics.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The diachrony of definiteness in north Germanic / by Dominika Skrzypek, Alicja Piotrowska, Rafał Jaworski.