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The degree of grammaticalization of gotta, gonna, wanna and better: A corpus study

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dc.title The degree of grammaticalization of gotta, gonna, wanna and better: A corpus study en
dc.contributor.author Machová, Dagmar
dc.relation.ispartof Topics in Linguistics
dc.identifier.issn 1337-7590 OCLC, Ulrich, Sherpa/RoMEO, JCR
dc.date.issued 2015
utb.relation.volume 15
utb.relation.issue 1
dc.type article
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH
dc.identifier.doi 10.2478/topling-2015-0005
dc.relation.uri http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/topling.2015.15.issue-1/topling-2015-0005/topling-2015-0005.xml
dc.subject agreement en
dc.subject gonna en
dc.subject gotta en
dc.subject grammaticalization en
dc.subject had better en
dc.subject operator properties en
dc.subject wanna en
dc.description.abstract The paper studies the degree of grammaticalization of the structures gotta, gonna, wanna and better. The study presumes that the semantics of these structures - more precisely their modal polyfunctionality (i.e. the ability to express deontic and epistemic meaning at the same time) - has an impact on their morphosyntactic properties. Using corpora (predominantly the British National Corpus and the Corpus of Contemporary American English) and web forums, the paper studies in detail the level of independence of gotta, gonna, wanna and better from their respective auxiliaries (have and be) and the development of the operator properties of these structures typical for central modals (i.e. inversion in questions, compatibility with clausal negation and occurrence in elliptical contexts). It demonstrates that gonna and gotta are partially grammaticalized, especially with respect to the independence of their auxiliaries, but they do not syntactically behave as modals. The verb wanna behaves as a modal morphologically but not syntactically. On the other hand, better is grammaticalized to a high degree, and it does demonstrate both the morphology and syntax of central modal verbs. © Dagmar Machová 2015. en
utb.faculty Faculty of Humanities
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10563/1005681
utb.identifier.obdid 43873684
utb.identifier.scopus 2-s2.0-84942884422
utb.source j-scopus
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-05T11:27:32Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-05T11:27:32Z
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/
dc.rights.access openAccess
utb.contributor.internalauthor Machová, Dagmar
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