Université de Neuchâtel

Measurements of grammaticalization : developing a quantitative index for the study of grammatical change

Correia Saavedra, David ; Hilpert, Martin (Dir.) ; Petré, Peter (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2019.

There is a broad consensus that grammaticalization is a process that is gradual and largely unidirectional: lexical elements acquire grammatical functions, and grammatical elements can undergo further grammaticalization (Hopper and Traugott 2003). This consensus is based on substantial cross-linguistic evidence. While most existing studies present qualitative evidence, this dissertation discusses...

Université de Neuchâtel

Meaning change in a petri dish: constructions, semantic vector spaces, and motion charts

Hilpert, Martin ; Perek, Florent

In: Linguistics Vanguard, 2015, vol. 1, no. 1, p. 339-350

This paper explores how the visualization tool of motion charts can be used for the analysis of meaning change in linguistic constructions. In previous work, linguistic motion charts have been used to represent diachronic frequency trends and changes in the morphosyntactic behavior of linguistic units. The present paper builds on that work, but it shifts the focus to the study of semantic change....

Université de Neuchâtel

Die Satzadverbien im Deutschen : eine korpusbasierte Untersuchung

Duffner, Rolf ; Näf, Anton (Dir.) ; Kamber, Alain (Codir.) ; Savoy, Jacques (Codir.) ; Steyer, Kathrin (Codir.) ; Teubert, Wolfgang (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Université de Neuchâtel, 2010.

German linguistic literature shows a great lack of empirical studies of sentence adverbs. In dictionaries, indications about their significance and linguistic application are often inappropriate or even misleading. Apart from that, there is little corpus linguistic research about synsemantica in the German language. The following study will describe sentence adverbs in the Deutsche...