This chapter deals with the second type of degrammaticalization, involving bound morphemes. Deinflectionalization is defined as ‘a composite change whereby an inflectional affix in a specific linguistic context gains a new function, while shifting to a less bound morpheme type’. In order to be able to establish what changes in morphological status might qualify as an instance of this type of degrammaticalization, the chapter starts with an assessment of the inflection-derivation and the inflection-clitic interface, concluding that both a shift from inflectional affix to derivational affix and a shift from inflectional affix to clitic qualify as instances of deinflectionalization. Examples include the shift from inflectional genitive to enclitic s-genitive, and inflectional suffixes becoming derivational.
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