By Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen, Jacqueline Visconti
The focal point of this quantity is on semantic and pragmatic swap, its reasons and mechanisms. The papers accumulated the following provide either theoretical proposals of extra normal scope and in-depth reviews of language-specific situations of which means swap particularly notional domain names. The analyses comprise facts from English, numerous Romance languages, German, Scandinavian languages, and Oceanic languages. special case-studies masking significant semantic domain names, equivalent to concession, evidentiality, intensification, modality, negation, scalarity, subjectivity, and temporality, enable the authors to check and refine present types of semantic switch, via focusing, for example, at the respective roles of audio system and hearers within the strategy and at the dating among semantic and syntactic reanalysis. Key theoretical notions, comparable to presuppositions, paradigms, be aware order, and discourse prestige are revisited in a diachronic standpoint to supply cutting edge bills of reasons and motivations for linguistic alterations. A sought after topic is the evolution of procedural meanings of varied varieties. hence, a number of papers characteristic varieties of pragmatic markers as their item of research, whereas others are enthusiastic about goods and buildings expressing modality, evidentiality, negation, and relational meanings. heavily comparable issues are: the interface among semantics and pragmatics/discourse, with figurative makes use of of language, rhetorical-argumentational recommendations, discourse traditions, details constitution, and the significance of dialogic contexts in swap enjoying a salient position in numerous papers; the connection among that means swap and strategies akin to grammaticalization, subjectification and pragmaticalization; and, the thorny factor of the categorization of linguistic goods equivalent to discourse markers or modal debris, evidentials or epistemic modals, to which the diachronic information are proven to give a contribution considerably. the amount should be of curiosity to graduate scholars and researchers within the fields of semantics, pragmatics, discourse research, grammaticalization, and ancient linguistics.