Patterns and alternant structures for future time reference in Gallo-Romance: functional-systemic challenges for a grammaticalization account. KU Leuven
A comprehensive semantic and formal description of nominal groups that take complement clauses in English: a neglected source of grammaticalization and subjectification processes and locus of synchronic variation. KU Leuven
Grammaticalization or diffusion: a contrastive study of the mechanisms and factors in the development of English and Dutch infinitives. KU Leuven
Grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification Ghent University
The project aims to contribute to current research efforts dealing with (the interaction between) the processen of grammaticalization (in the structural domain) and (inter)subjectification (in the semantic domain) in language change. It will focus on three major issues:
1) the precise nature of the semantic changes in subjectification and in intersubjectification, and their relationship with the structural developments in ...
The grammaticalisation of the future and conditional tense in the history of Ibero-Romance: a language and dialect contact approach. Ghent University
The development of the future and conditional tense in Castilian U+2013 as in Romance in general U+2013 has been universally acknowledged as a typical case of grammaticalisation, whereby the two components of the Latin periphrasis [infinitive + HABERE] fused into a synthetic form (cantaré, cantaría). In Old Castilian variation between synthetic forms and analytic forms (cantar lo é, cantar lo ía) can be witnessed, which indicates that the ...
Copular verbs out of motion verbs: a comparative analysis of French and Dutch copular systems and processes of copularization Ghent University
This project aims to study change-of-state semi-copulas, originating from verbs that express physical motion, in a Romance (French) and a Germanic (Dutch) language. The architecture of semi-copulas in both languages (cf. Construction Grammar) and the historical process(es) involved in the creation of semi-copulas (cf. Grammaticalization) are to be compared in the light of the general evolutionary path U+201Cmotion > ...