By Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen, Jacqueline Visconti

The point of interest of this quantity is on semantic and pragmatic swap, its reasons and mechanisms. The papers amassed right here supply either theoretical proposals of extra basic scope and in-depth experiences of language-specific circumstances of that means swap particularly notional domain names. The analyses contain info from English, a number of Romance languages, German, Scandinavian languages, and Oceanic languages. distinct case-studies overlaying important semantic domain names, akin to concession, evidentiality, intensification, modality, negation, scalarity, subjectivity, and temporality, permit the authors to check and refine present types of semantic swap, by means of focusing, for example, at the respective roles of audio system and hearers within the strategy and at the courting among semantic and syntactic reanalysis. Key theoretical notions, equivalent to presuppositions, paradigms, note order, and discourse prestige are revisited in a diachronic viewpoint to supply cutting edge debts of explanations and motivations for linguistic alterations. A admired subject is the evolution of procedural meanings of varied types. hence, numerous papers function types of pragmatic markers as their item of research, whereas others are fascinated about goods and structures expressing modality, evidentiality, negation, and relational meanings. heavily similar issues are: the interface among semantics and pragmatics/discourse, with figurative makes use of of language, rhetorical-argumentational concepts, discourse traditions, details constitution, and the significance of dialogic contexts in swap taking part in a salient function in numerous papers; the connection among that means swap and procedures corresponding to grammaticalization, subjectification and pragmaticalization; and, the thorny factor of the categorization of linguistic goods resembling discourse markers or modal debris, evidentials or epistemic modals, to which the diachronic info are proven to give a contribution considerably. the amount might be of curiosity to graduate scholars and researchers within the fields of semantics, pragmatics, discourse research, grammaticalization, and historic linguistics.

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In the latter, it indicates that the speaker expects an affirmative answer rather than a negative one. In yes/ no-questions, bien is always restricted to the position following the finite verb. As is illustrated by this example, modal particles function at the speech-act level. Put differently, they are conventionally tied to particular speech-act types. While discourse markers reflect two-place relations within the structure of textual organization, modal particles convey oneplace relations with respect to illocutionary content.

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2. Fast ¼ almost. almost-P P (nongradable) 36 Regine Eckardt Interestingly, the semantic contribution of fastnew remains the same as for fastold, but the presupposed background has changed drastically. 2 visualize the change. The change implements the idea that (36) very P ¼ almost P Eckardt (2007) and similarly Penka (2006), offer a full semantic spell out of this idea. The proposed semantic analysis for fastnew not only is plausible in terms of language history, but moreover covers all possible uses that we witness in modern German and constitutes an improvement on earlier analyses that essentially rest on Sadock (1981).

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