Tracing processes in auxiliarization: Time-sufficiency verbs from a Norwegian-Swedish-English contrastive perspective

Mats Johansson, Lene Nordrum

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This chapter considers the Norwegian verb rekke ('reach') and its English correspondences in a bi-directional translation corpus (ENPC), as well as occurrences of rekke in Norwegian monolingual corpora. We suggest that rekke is undergoing grammaticalization from a concrete lexical spatial verb towards a (semi-)auxiliary that contains a component of time sufficiency, similar to Swedish hinna (Johansson & Nordrum 2016), but that rekke is at an earlier stage in this development. We base this suggestion on the following observations: (1) Swedish hinna was earlier polysemous between space and time, but can only denote time in present-day Swedish. (2) Norwegian rekke is still polysemous between space and time, but seems to always denote time when used as a (semi-)auxiliary. The study contributes to the semantic description of Norwegian rekke, but also has implications for grammaticalization studies as well as for studies of modality.

Originalspråkengelska
Titel på gästpublikationTime in Languages, Languages in Time
RedaktörerAnna Cermakova, Thomas Egan, Hilde Hasselgard, Sylvi Rorvik
FörlagJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Sidor67-93
Antal sidor27
ISBN (elektroniskt)9789027258960
DOI
StatusPublished - 2021

Publikationsserier

NamnStudies in Corpus Linguistics
Volym101
ISSN (tryckt)1388-0373

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