grammaticalize

grammaticalize

[gruh-mat-i-kuh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), grammaticalized, grammaticalizing. Linguistics.
1.
to convert (a content word or part of one) into a functor, as in using OE līc, “body,” as a suffix in adjectives and adverbs, such as OE frēondlīc, “friendly.”
2.
to represent (semantic features) by grammatical categories, as plurality in English or gender in French.
Also, especially British, gramaticalise.


Origin:
1935–40; grammatical + -ize

grammaticalization, noun
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