This book provides a survey of various grammaticalization
phenomena in the history of English, the first treatment of this
topic in book form. The title also serves as an advanced
introduction to grammaticalization in general, which in spite of
its importance in linguistic research is a relatively unexplored
Readers will enjoy a comprehensive overview of the various
domains in which grammaticalization has played an important role
throughout the history of English. At the same time, through the
description of these grammaticalization phenomena in English, they
will be introduced to general issues in grammaticalization
research, inlcuding mechanisms, parameters, factors of
grammaticalization, the importance of semantic change in
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