Beyond Semantics : Corpus-based investigations of pragmatic and discourse phenomena : Proceedings of the DGfS Workshop Göttingen, February 23-25, 2011

  • The article discusses the methodology adopted for a cross-linguistic synchronic and diachronic corpus study on indefinites. The study covered five indefinite expressions, each in a different language. The main goal of the study was to verify the distribution of these indefinites synchronically and to attest their historical development. The methodology we used is a form of functional labeling which combines both context (syntax) and meaning (semantics) using as a starting point Haspelmath’s (1997) functional map. In the article we identify Haspelmath’s functions with logico-semantic interpretations and propose a binary branching decision tree assigning each instance of an indefinite exactly one function in the map.

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Parent Title (German):Bochumer Linguistische Arbeitsberichte ; 3
Series (Serial Number):Bochumer linguistische Arbeitsberichte : BLA (3)
Publisher:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Sprachwissenschaftliches Institut
Place of publication:Bochum
Editor:Stefanie Dipper, Heike Zinsmeister
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2016/11/15
Year of first Publication:2011
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2016/11/15
Page Number:195
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 410 Linguistik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht