Definition of grammaticalization in English:

grammaticalization

(British grammaticalisation)

noun

Linguistics
  • See grammaticalize

    • ‘Language changes like that, when a word with a concrete meaning becomes a word that only expresses a function of grammar, it is called grammaticalization.’
    • ‘I have to admit that her derivation probably wouldn't make good news copy, although it is a process that parallels the similar grammaticalization of gonna.’
    • ‘In my syntax seminar the other day we were discussing grammaticalisation in French negation.’