This chapter summarizes the analyses of the case studies in the preceding three chapters, and is also an evaluation of Lehmann's parameters as a taxonomic tool. It discusses the role of analogy and reanalysis in degrammaticalization, and possible motivations for degrammaticalization. It argues that degrammaticalization may be considered a process in some cases (notably in degrammation), but that in other cases it is the result of major (morpho)syntactic restructurings in a language. Finally, the chapter provides a brief outlook for further research.
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