grammaticalize

(redirected from grammaticalising)

gram·mat·i·cal·ize

 (grə-măt′ĭ-kə-līz′)
tr.v. gram·mat·i·cal·ized, gram·mat·i·cal·iz·ing, gram·mat·i·cal·iz·es
To change (a content word) into a function word or a grammatical affix.

gram·mat′i·cal·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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Inspired largely by Bybee's work, Fertig (1998) observes that the overall diagrammatic structure of inflecting languages accommodates suppletion well in semantically generic, grammaticalised or grammaticalising elements.
Seen in this global fashion, ABLE seems to go along with a general trend in the language, providing an additional means of grammaticalising modality.