Issues with molecules in Natural Semantic Metalanguage
Publication date: Available online 11 October 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Kamil LemanekAbstractThe paper examines the theoretical merit of “semantic molecules” in Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM). Although semantic molecules are said to trace semantic dependence and necessity, compress complexity, and to account for what I call its productivity, that doesn't appear to be the case. This can be illustrated on the basis of a comparison of two explications for the same complex meaning—one containing a molecule and the other its decomposed elements. Counterfactual considerations suggest that the...
Source: Language Sciences - October 13, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

English plurals in Construction Morphology
This article demonstrates how the theory of Construction Morphology can account for both the regular and irregular plural forms of English nouns, while avoiding the problems Halle and Marantz have identified in the Extended Word-and-Paradigm Theory. The fact that Construction Morphology (CxM) allows representations ‘at varying degrees of abstraction’ (Goldberg 2013) enables it to account for the morphological structure of forms like oxen. The fact that it is non-derivational precludes incorrect forms like *oxens, while allowing correct forms like wives. (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - October 13, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Publication date: September 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 75Author(s): (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - September 27, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

An empirical study of honorific mismatches in Korean
Publication date: September 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 75Author(s): Sanghoun Song, Jae-Woong Choe, Eunjeong OhAbstractWhile numerous studies have approached honorification mainly focusing on how honorific forms and features agree with each other in syntactic derivation, the present study focuses on mismatches between a referent and the verb that the referent depends on with respect to honorification. If Korean honorification is a syntactic phenomenon, the mismatches in honorification must be fully accounted for as syntactic agreement cannot be disobeyed in principle. However, either theoretical or empirical inqu...
Source: Language Sciences - September 20, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Systemic functional grammar as a tool for experimental stimulus design: new appliable horizons in psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics
Publication date: September 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 75Author(s): Piergiorgio Trevisan, Adolfo M. GarcíaAbstractSince their onset more than 50 years ago, both psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics have provided crucial breakthroughs for understanding the cognitive bases of language. Despite their major contributions, however, both fields have been undermined by a tradeoff between ecological validity (i.e., the degree to which tasks reflect the conditions of everyday communication) and experimental control (the manipulation of fine-grained variables, which is typically achieved by matching lists of...
Source: Language Sciences - September 14, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Publication date: November 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 76Author(s): Rachel Conway (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - September 13, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Disjunctive/conjunctive/whatever: the development of Italian barra (‘slash’) as a non-exhaustive connective
Publication date: Available online 14 August 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Ilaria Fiorentini, Emanuele MiolaAbstractThe paper investigates the use and functions of barra in Italian. Barra, the lexical realization of the punctuation mark , has recently come to be used also in online settings and in everyday speech. In written, formal contexts, this punctuation mark is mainly used for the expression of alternatives (also with an adjunctive sense). In contemporary Italian, however, it is developing a new function as a non-exhaustive connective. After describing the incipient grammaticalization of barra, the morpholo...
Source: Language Sciences - August 16, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Exemplar-based compounds: The case of Chinese
Publication date: Available online 3 August 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Giorgio Francesco Arcodia, Caterina MauriAbstractThe aim of this paper is to investigate a specific naming strategy, which is based on compounding and exemplification, examining data from Chinese. We will focus on what we will label ‘exemplar-based compounds’, i.e. compounds consisting of at least one lexeme denoting an exemplar of the category referred to by the whole compound. We propose that ‘exemplar-based’ compounds in Chinese be divided into two macro-types: (1) [exemplar1-exemplar2]category, in which the exemp...
Source: Language Sciences - August 3, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

The rise of right periphery either in English
Publication date: September 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 75Author(s): Debra Ziegeler, Eric Mélac, Volker GastAbstractThe history of either as a clause-final, right-periphery marker has seen little intensive research, apart from a few isolated studies such as Rullmann (2002) and Gast (2013). This is surprising, given the recent interest in parenthetical discourse items and the controversies surrounding their development (grammaticalization vs. pragmaticalization, and other debates). In the present study, it is first questioned whether right-periphery either (RP-either) could be categorized as a bona fide exa...
Source: Language Sciences - August 3, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

The discursive construction of categories. Categorisation as a dynamic and co-operative process
Publication date: Available online 31 July 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Eugenio GoriaAbstractIn this paper, I provide an account of categorisation intended as an action that participants carry out in conversation. As opposed to cognitive theories, which are mainly interested in how language structure can be explained with reference to the human conceptual system, discourse-based theories are interested in studying how linguistic resources are used to create categories on a locally relevant basis. Based on recent contributions within the latter framework, I provide in this article a preliminary overview of a corp...
Source: Language Sciences - August 1, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Ironic intentions in action and interaction
This article also offers a theoretical conceptualisation of a few non-prototypical interactional workings of irony and aspects of interlocutors' negotiating (non)ironic intentions in interactions. The problems addressed include misunderstandings, overtly pretended misunderstandings, and deception based on (non)ironic intentions. (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - July 31, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Integrating the (dialogical) sign: or who's an integrationist?
Publication date: Available online 17 July 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Adrian PabléAbstractThe present contribution is intended as a general reflection on what it might mean to be a ‘Harrisian integrationist’ (Harris 1996, 1998). This reflection is prompted by two recent articles by the dialogue scholars Edda Weigand (2018a) and Per Linell (2018), who both argue against what they perceive as a ‘hardline’ integrationist position. Linell, in turn, claims that his extended dialogism is an integrationism of a ‘moderate’ kind. Against this background I will contend that Lin...
Source: Language Sciences - July 19, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

The Written Language Bias (WLB) in linguistics 40 years after
Publication date: Available online 21 June 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Per LinellAbstractIn 2005 I published a comprehensive version of my monograph The Written Language in Linguistics: Its Nature, Origins and Transformations (London: Routledge), which made some scholars in linguistics to modify their basic approaches and meta-theories of language. In the present paper I make a few remarks on the trends. In particular I emphasise a few points that I did not mean to say in my prior work. Another section of this paper is devoted to Simon Borchmann's paper in this journal issue. Borchmann raises the important poin...
Source: Language Sciences - June 22, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Source: Language Sciences - June 12, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Semantic evolution at the microscopic level: the case of suoyi
Publication date: July 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 74Author(s): Xiaochen Li, Mingyou XiangAbstractThis paper investigates the underlying mechanisms of the semantic changes of the Chinese resultative conjunction suoyi(所以,’so’). Previous research mainly probed into the regularities and mechanisms of semantic changes at the macroscopic level, whereas relatively fewer studies have investigated the microscopic level of this issue due to the lack of theoretical models capable of capturing minute semantic differences. This research probes into the regularity and the mechanisms at the microscopic level of...
Source: Language Sciences - May 31, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Phrase structure grammars as indicative of uniquely human thoughts
Publication date: July 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 74Author(s): Eran AsoulinAbstractI argue that the ability to compute phrase structure grammars is indicative of a particular kind of thought. This type of thought that is only available to cognitive systems that have access to the computations that allow the generation and interpretation of the structural descriptions of phrase structure grammars. The study of phrase structure grammars, and formal language theory in general, is thus indispensable to studies of human cognition, for it makes explicit both the unique type of human thought and the underlying mechanis...
Source: Language Sciences - May 30, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Interlanguage: a perspective of quantitative linguistic typology
Publication date: July 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 74Author(s): Jingyang Jiang, Jinghui Ouyang, Haitao LiuAbstractThe study of interlanguage (IL) is crucial for the understanding of the acquisition and development of human languages. But there are very few empirical investigations into IL from a perspective of general linguistics or/and linguistic typology. Based on a dependency treebank of Chinese EFL learners' English writings from eight consecutive grades, we quantitatively analyzed the typological features of IL. It was found that: (1) Chinese EFL learners' IL linguistic system is a language with SV and VO pr...
Source: Language Sciences - May 7, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Source: Language Sciences - May 4, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Ecolinguistics of ethno-medicinal plants of the Dayak Ngaju community
This article describes aspects of the Dayak Ngaju language, specifically as they relate to plants used for medicinal purposes by the ethnic community. Data were gathered through participant and non-participant observation, interviews, and analysis of ritual incantations spoken by the traditional healers (shamans). Three important elements of the relationships between the ethnic culture and the language of ethno-botany in Dayak Ngaju were identified. These are: (1) the names of thirty six ethno-medicinal plants along with their components and medicinal functions; (2) the terminology used for the plants, which is based on th...
Source: Language Sciences - April 29, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

On trans-derivational operations: generative semantics and tree adjoining grammar
Publication date: July 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 74Author(s): Diego Gabriel KrivochenAbstractThe possibility of formulating conditions that made reference to multiple derivations was a staple of early work in Generative Semantics. In this paper we explore the possibility of having constraints arise from the interaction between derivations in an extended Generative Semantics-type (GS) grammar. In GS syntactic operations apply to semantic material in phrase structure trees; in our extension, these operations can apply within and across derivations. To this end, we will appeal to Tree Adjoining Grammars (TAG; Josh...
Source: Language Sciences - April 23, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

How to speak “geocentric” in an “egocentric” language: A multimodal study among Ngigua-Spanish bilinguals and Spanish monolinguals in a rural community of Mexico
Publication date: July 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 74Author(s): Eréndira Calderón, Stefano De Pascale, Evangelia AdamouAbstractIt has recently been shown that individuals residing in rural, indigenous communities rely on geocentric conceptualizations of space, e.g., north/south/east/west, even after they have shifted to a language that is known to favour egocentric conceptualizations, e.g., right/left. In this paper we explore how this combination works in practice by conducting a study in a previously non-investigated indigenous community of Mexico, the Ngiguas. We used a verbal localization task f...
Source: Language Sciences - April 17, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Publication date: March 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 72Author(s): (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - March 4, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Pretonic alphabetic o in Present-day English
This article is concerned with the question of why, when immediately preceding primary stress, orthographic o is as a rule phonetically realized not only as the diphthongs /əʊ/, /oʊ/ but also as the qualitatively reduced short monophthong /ə/. For example, l/əʊˈ/cation ∼ l/əˈ/cation. It is argued that the instability of alphabetic o in this position is mainly due to 1) its frequent occurrences in intertonic position (e.g., ˌcompoˈnential), in which it is surrounded by two stressed syllables; 2) derivation from forms in which stress occurs upon the short monophthongs /ɒ/, /ɑ/ (e.g., Roberta ←...
Source: Language Sciences - March 4, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Publication date: Available online 22 February 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Sune Vork Steffensen (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - February 22, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Nouns for visual objects: A hypothesis of the vision-language interface
Publication date: March 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 72Author(s): Francesco-Alessio Ursini, Paolo AcquavivaAbstractWe propose an interpretation of the vision process and a structural analysis of nouns and nominal reference which make it possible to relate the visual/cognitive and the linguistic encapsulation of objecthood in a rigorous way. The result of this integrated hypothesis is a predictive account of possible and impossible nouns lexicalizing visual objects. Visual objects are indexed relations between stimuli interpreted via visual properties, such as [round], and what we define as object concepts: a red b...
Source: Language Sciences - February 8, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Perception of lexical stress and sentence focus by Korean-speaking and Spanish-speaking L2 learners of English
In this study, 32 Spanish learners of English and 38 Korean learners of English completed a lexical stress and a sentence focus oddity test. The results revealed that having lexical stress and phrasal accent in the L1 facilitates the acquisition of L2 prominence, but that differences in how this information is instantiated in the L1 may have a negative effect in its acquisition. (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - February 7, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

This is not an interrogative: the prosody of “wh-questions” in Hebrew and the sources of their questioning and rhetorical interpretations
This study of wh-questions in natural Israeli Hebrew speech demonstrates that taking prosody into account makes this standard view untenable for Hebrew. The analysis of the accentuation of the wh-word and of the final intonation shows that the function of the utterance is compositionally constructed from its basic constituents. The construction is an expression of an open proposition, underspecified with respect to its “prototypical” function. The contribution of the utterance is constructed from the direct marking of a few designated categories, such as interest in gapped information and an appeal to the addre...
Source: Language Sciences - January 10, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Such similatives: a cross-linguistic reconnaissance
Publication date: Available online 3 January 2019Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Johan van der Auwera, Kalyanamalini SahooAbstractThis paper is a preliminary exploration of the semantic and formal properties of the English word such and some of its counterparts in other languages. The proposal is that such words are ‘demonstrative similatives’ (or, equivalently, ‘similative demonstratives’), i.e., their meanings lie at the intersection of the semantic dimensions of similarity and demonstration. We show that this kind of classification is straightforward for languages like Latin and Sanskrit, in ...
Source: Language Sciences - January 3, 2019 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Linguistics as a biased discipline: Identifications and interventions
Publication date: Available online 24 December 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Simon Borchmann, Carsten Levisen, Britta Schneider (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - December 25, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Bit and beat are heard as the same: Mapping the vowel perceptual patterns of Greek-English bilingual children
Conclusions are drawn about the interference of native Greek with the learning of English vowels and the acquisition of the foreign language stimuli in a classroom environment. (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - December 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Categorial shift: from description to theory and back again
Publication date: Available online 7 December 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Liesbet Heyvaert, Stefan Hartmann, Hubert Cuyckens (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - December 8, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Publication date: January 2019Source: Language Sciences, Volume 71Author(s): (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - November 23, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Prologue
Publication date: Available online 12 November 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Alain Berthoz (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - November 12, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Measuring the phonological (un)naturalness of selected alternation patterns in Polish
Publication date: Available online 2 November 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Bartłomiej CzaplickiAbstractIn most generative research phonological naturalness/markedness has served as a synchronic bias that can explain the predominance of certain patterns in the world's languages. In this paper, on the basis of one language, Polish, it is shown that unnatural patterns are far from rare and, therefore, phonological theories need to accommodate them. The two patterns under scrutiny, consonant mutations and progressive devoicing, are to a large degree unnatural but fully productive. Consonant mutations are subjected ...
Source: Language Sciences - November 3, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Aspectual features and categorial shift: deverbal nominals in German and English
Publication date: Available online 27 October 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Ulrike DemskeAbstractThe point of departure of this paper is the claim by Heyvaert, Maekelberghe & Buyle (this issue) that the suffix -ing has no aspectual meaning in English gerunds. Rather, the interpretation of nominal and verbal gerunds depends, so they argue, on situation or viewpoint aspect, a claim that contradicts the wide-spread view that the aspectual meaning of English gerunds is brought about by the nominalizing suffix. The present paper addresses the issue from a comparative perspective, focusing on German ung-nominals: w...
Source: Language Sciences - October 27, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

In what sense is integrational theory lay-oriented? Notes on Harrisian core concepts and explanatory terminology
Publication date: Available online 24 October 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Adrian Pablé (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - October 24, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

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Publication date: November 2018Source: Language Sciences, Volume 70Author(s): (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - October 17, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

A corpus-based view on the (aspectual-)semantics of Modern English nominalizations
Publication date: Available online 11 October 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Lauren FonteynAbstractIn this response article, I will challenge some of the claims presented by Iordăchioaia & Werner by suggesting that English ing-nominals were not entirely prevented from completing the ‘cycle of categorial shift’, and questioning the actual impact of the competition with Romance derived nominals on the development of ing-nominals with event denotation (i.e. nominal gerunds). The response is based on a detailed corpus-based analysis of Penn corpora of Modern English (PPCEME & PPCMBE, time span: 15...
Source: Language Sciences - October 12, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Categorial shift and morphological differentiation
Publication date: Available online 6 October 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Livio GaetaAbstractMorphological differentiation is defined as the development of morphological variants which can be considered by speakers to shape the transition to a new, different category. After discussing different cases of morphological differentiation, the paper will focus on the accompanying changes that facilitate the process of category formation. This reflects an active Principle of Maximal Differentiation, which helps speakers distinguish the units belonging to the new categories from the others. (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - October 6, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

So odd an article in Danish: a reply to Van de Velde
Publication date: Available online 26 September 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Muriel NordeAbstractFreek Van de Velde's article "Wayward categorial shift: so odd an article" deals with an intriguing construction, whereby the degree adverb 'so' and an adjective precede an indefinite article, which is found in several (older) Germanic languages. Such Big Mess Constructions (hence BMCs) differ from canonical NPs because the adjective usually follows an article, instead of preceding it. This observation, as well as the fact that BMCs are found in several Germanic languages at some stage of their history, beg...
Source: Language Sciences - October 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Karl Marx and the language sciences – critical encounters: introduction to the special issue
Publication date: Available online 28 September 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Peter E. Jones (Source: Language Sciences)
Source: Language Sciences - October 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Production=signification: towards a semiotic materialism
This article sketches the outline of a semiotic materialism, drawing on Mexican-Ecuadoran philosopher Bolívar Echeverría's thesis that production=signification. For Echeverría, every process of social production and consumption is and must at the same time be a process of signification and interpretation. This thesis, initially developed in the mid-1970s, emerges most immediately from a novel synthesis of Marx with the work of Jakobson and Hjelmslev. It also establishes an expansive and highly original social ontology, at the core of which is a ‘trans-naturalised’ conception of the specific...
Source: Language Sciences - October 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Or constructions, argumentative direction and disappearing ‘alternativity’
Publication date: Available online 1 October 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Mira ArielAbstractThe essence of X or Y constructions is the verbalization of multiple alternatives. It is a puzzling finding, then, that the most frequent reading associated with or constructions is Higher-level category (Ariel, 2015), where the speaker introduces into the discourse only a single concept. The goal of this paper is to explain why this is not so puzzling after all, and how such a “non-alternativity” reading could come about for a construction whose initial function is ‘alternativity’ between multiple...
Source: Language Sciences - October 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Nominal and verbal gerunds in present-day English: aspectual features and nominal status
Publication date: Available online 2 October 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Liesbet Heyvaert, Charlotte Maekelberghe, Anouk BuyleAbstractIn this paper, we want to add to the comparative description of Present-day English nominal and verbal gerundive nominalizations, by presenting the results of a quantitative, corpus-based analysis of their aspectual features. It will be shown that, in general, the claim that gerunds designate unbounded activities or activities that are in progress cannot be upheld—because a significant number of both nominal and verbal gerunds denote non-durative situations (achievements, s...
Source: Language Sciences - October 5, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

The meaning change of hayır during the Turkish constitutional referendum 2017
Publication date: Available online 21 September 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Johannes Woschitz, Emre YağlıAbstractHayır means both ‘good’ and ‘no’ in present-day Turkish. Hayır ‘good’ has been predominantly associated with a religious undertone. Recently, the Neo-Ottoman movement under the AKP has built on this connotation to promote their political ideology. In the 2017 Turkish constitutional referendum, the Turkish people decided whether they wanted to endorse this ideology: Evet (yes) meant increasing the power of the presidency and the AKP, while hayır (no) meant sust...
Source: Language Sciences - September 22, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Verbalization of nominalizations: A typological commentary on the article by Nikki van de Pol
Publication date: Available online 18 September 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Andrej MalchukovAbstractThe present article provides a typological commentary on the article by Nikki van de Pol (this issue) on the history of the English gerund. It is shown that in spite of certain idiosyncratic aspects, the history of the verbal gerund illustrates a well-known grammaticalization path of verbalization, whereby deverbal nouns are first grammaticalized into nonfinite forms (participles, infinitives, converbs), and may later be integrated into the verbal paradigm. It is further suggested that the mixed behavior attested...
Source: Language Sciences - September 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

The relevance of Marx to contemporary perspectives on Utterance Meaning in Context: a re-examination of Voloshinov’s Philosophy of Language
Publication date: Available online 18 September 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Jelena TimotijevicAbstractPhilosophers on all sides of the contemporary Contextualism debates have given primacy to the role context plays in utterance comprehension. They view language as a socio-cultural practice; their theoretical perspectives are largely focused on speaker's intentions and contextually modified senses of language elements appropriate to the situation at hand. Following Marx and Engels' (1845) philosophical contributions on language, Voloshinov (1929: 9–24, 83–98) argues that language can only exist if so...
Source: Language Sciences - September 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

On the edge between nouns and verbs. The heterogeneous behavior of Spanish deverbal nominalizations empirically verified
This study investigates the intricate semantic and morphosyntactic behavior of morphological nominalizations. Besides offering an in-depth quantitative and qualitative description of a set of Spanish nominals, it empirically verifies to what extent the more ‘nouny’ items adopt nominal features more frequently than the more ‘verby’ items. The starting point is the tripartite semantic distinction between referential, event, and state nominals, whose morphosyntactic behavior is then described on the basis of a detailed corpus analysis. The following properties are analyzed: determination, modification,...
Source: Language Sciences - September 20, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research

Language and value: the philosophy of language in the post-Operaist critique of contemporary capitalism
Publication date: Available online 18 September 2018Source: Language SciencesAuthor(s): Mikołaj RatajczakAbstractThis paper offers a discussion of the role played by the philosophy of language in the post-Operaist critique of contemporary capitalism, focussing specifically on the relation between language and questions of labour and value. It argues that the post-Operaist philosophy of language is a philosophy of immaterial labour which enables us to make new diagnoses concerning the contradictions and antagonisms of late, cognitive, financialized capitalism. The first part of the article broadly outlines post-Operaist th...
Source: Language Sciences - September 18, 2018 Category: Speech-Language Pathology Source Type: research