Linguistics and Literature Studies Vol. 5(4), pp. 284 - 293
DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050406
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Lexical Diffusion and Gramaticalization: The Case of Tibetan slob sbyong byed


Chin-Wen Huang *
Department of Chinese Language and Literature, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan

ABSTRACT

Lexicalization and grammaticalization are two of the most important processes in linguistic change (Laurel and Traugott, 2005; Hopper and Traugott, 2003). Spoken Standard Tibetan (SST) offers an example of both these processes applying sequentially to the phrase slob sbyong byed, 'to study; to learn.' This phrase is an instance of a full verb byed becoming a light verb (grammaticalization) after compounding (lexicalization). In Tibetan, three light verbs: byed, rgyag and gtong compete lexically. This lexical competition can be treated under the Lexical Diffusion Theory proposed by Wang (1969; 1979).

KEYWORDS
Historical Linguistics, Lexicalization, Grammaticalization, Lexical Diffusion Theory

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[1] Chin-Wen Huang , "Lexical Diffusion and Gramaticalization: The Case of Tibetan slob sbyong byed," Linguistics and Literature Studies, Vol. 5, No. 4, pp. 284 - 293, 2017. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050406.

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Chin-Wen Huang (2017). Lexical Diffusion and Gramaticalization: The Case of Tibetan slob sbyong byed. Linguistics and Literature Studies, 5(4), 284 - 293. DOI: 10.13189/lls.2017.050406.