By Spike Gildea
Comparative linguistics and grammaticalization conception either belong to the wider type of historic linguistics, but few linguists perform either. The tools and ambitions of every staff look mostly detailed: comparative linguists have as a rule shunned reconstructing grammar, whereas grammaticalization theoreticians have both taken with explaining attested old swap or used inner reconstruction to formulate hypotheses approximately methods of swap. during this assortment, the various best voices in grammaticalization concept practice their easy methods to comparative facts (largely drawn from indigenous languages of the Americas), exhibiting not just that grammar will be reconstructed, yet that the method of reconstructing grammar can yield fascinating theoretical and typological insights. Contributions via: Alexandra A. Aikhenvald; Wallace Chafe; Spike Gildea; T. Givn; Joseph H. Greenberg; Bernd Heine; Srgio Meira; Marianne Mithun.