Meaning Change in Grammaticalization: An Enquiry into Semantic Reanalysis

Paperback | February 10, 2008

byRegine Eckardt

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This book explores the semantic and pragmatic mechanisms underlying grammaticalization. Regine Eckardt argues that language change frequently involves a structural reorganization at the phonological, morphological, and syntactic levels. Speakers not only master the structural aspect of suchreanalyses, they also-as the author argues-keep a detailed mental record of what has happened to meaning. The author develops semantic reanalysis as the semantic correlate and tracks its effects in meaning change. Several case studies offer new insights in the architecture of conceptual thinkingthat is part of the human language faculty. Professor Eckardt develops her approach in terms of formal semantic theory. She shows how neatly tailored analyses in truth-conditional compositional semantics can elucidate the structural mechanisms of meaning change. Her exposition is advanced in the context of several in-depth case studiescontaining data new to historical linguistics.

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This book explores the semantic and pragmatic mechanisms underlying grammaticalization. Regine Eckardt argues that language change frequently involves a structural reorganization at the phonological, morphological, and syntactic levels. Speakers not only master the structural aspect of suchreanalyses, they also-as the author argues-kee...

Regine Eckardt is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Gottingen and associate editor of the Journal of Semantics. She is the author of Events, Adverbs and Other Things (1998) and of numerous articles on semantics, pragmatics, and language change, and with Klaus von Heusinger and Christoph Schwarze, editor of Words in Time (2...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:February 10, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199556474

ISBN - 13:9780199556472

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Meaning Change Under Reanalysis: Previous Views3. Truth Conditional Semantics4. What is Going to Happen5. From Step to Negation: The Development of French Complex Negation Patterns6. From Intensifier to Focus Particle7. To Be or Not To Be a Determiner8. Semantic Reanalysis: The Algebraic Backbone of Meaning ChangeAppendixSource Texts by ChapterReferencesIndex