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Pronominal doubling in East Lezgic: a case study in inducing path of historical change from synchronic evidence

Богомолова Н. К.
By comparing Agul and Tabasaran data, I study the emergence of personal markers in two closely related languages. Grammaticalization is first viewed through the prism of frequency of use in a specific syntactic position. However, this and other approaches do not give interpretable results for Agul. The only position where the pronoun is consistently doubled is with verbs of speech. I propose an explanation why it is in this position that the pronoun is doubled and how this may lead to further grammaticalization of the pronouns into pronominal markers.