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Етюди за езиковите изменения
Studies on Language Change

Author(s): Ruselina Nitsolova
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Philology
Published by: Институт за български език „Проф. Любомир Андрейчин“, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: grammaticalization; successful/unsuccessful grammaticalization; W. Croft; interaction of linguistic; social and pragmatic factors in grammaticalization; Bulgarian language

Summary/Abstract: Language changes, their types, causes, emergence and demise as well as their spread in the variants of the different languages make up a very intricate complex of problems. Only some of them will be touched upon here: the appearance of innovations motivated by various pragmatic factors within specific social groups: the increased use of diminutives from abstract nouns in the internet speech of younger generations, the use of forms of address such as brat mi (брат ми), mayka mi (майка ми) in oral speech, the substitution of the vocative forms of nouns with non-vocative forms under foreign influence, the formation of causative verbs through dereflexivization, e.g. usmihvam se (усмихвам се) – usmihvam (усмихвам). The main reasons for failed or incomplete grammaticalizations are also discussed.

  • Issue Year: 68/2021
  • Issue No: Special
  • Page Range: 13-29
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bulgarian