主讲人介绍：Brian Joseph，美国俄亥俄大学荣誉教授，校事顾问，美国哲学学会（American Philosophical Society）院士、美国文理学会（American Academy of Arts and Sciences）院士，2019年美国语言学会会长。主要研究方向包括历史语言学、语言接触、希腊语、阿尔巴尼亚语、巴尔干语、梵语研究等。出版语言学著作20余部，发表论文240余篇，任Language、Diachronica等多家语言学SSCI期刊主编、副主编。
内容介绍：The notion of ‘grammaticalization’ — the embedding into grammatical status of once non- (or less-) grammatical phenomena — has enjoyed broad acceptance as a new paradigm for describing and accounting for linguistic change. Despite its appeal, my contention is that there are numerous foundational problems with ‘grammaticalization’ as it is conventionally described and discussed in the literature. My goal here is to explore what some of those problems are and to discuss where grammaticalization has “gone wrong”, so to speak, and what it has gotten right. In this way, I reach a characterization of how much of grammatical change can legitimately be called “grammaticalization” and how much is something else, thus working to achieve a sense of what grammaticalization is and what it is not.