Quantification and scales in change
This volume contains thematic papers on semantic change which emerged from the second edition of Formal Diachronic Semantics held at Saarland University. Its authorship ranges from established scholars in the field of language change to advanced PhD students whose contributions have equally qualified and have been selected after a two-step peer-review process. The key foci are variablity and diachronic trajectories in scale structures and quantification, but readers will also find a variety of further (and clearly non-disjoint) issues covered including reference, modality, givenness, presuppositions, alternatives in language change, temporality, epistemic indefiniteness, as well as - in more general terms - the interfaces of semantics with syntax, pragmatics and morphology. Given the nature of the field, the contributions are primarily based on original corpus studies (in one case also on synchronic experimental data) and present a series of new findings and theoretical analyses of several languages, first and foremost from the Germanic and Romance subbranches of Indo-European (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish) and from Semitic (with an analysis of universal quantification in Biblical Hebrew).
From a collective to a free choice determiner in Biblical Hebrew
Grammaticalization parameters and the retrieval of alternativesLatin nec from discourse connector to uninterpretable feature
Vagueness, context-sensitivity and scale structure of four types of adjectives with the suffix -ish
On the semantic change of evidential argument jakoby-clauses in Polish
Semantic and syntactic change of equis in Mexican Spanish
German noch under reanalysis
Givenness marking in a mixed systemConstituent order vs. determiners
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