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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

Change in modal meanings: Another look at the shifting collocates of may

Hilpert, Martin

In: Constructions and Frames, 2016, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 66-85

This paper discusses how modal auxiliaries fit into a constructional view of language and how this view allows us to think in new ways about diachronic meaning change in modal auxiliaries. These issues will be illustrated on the basis of a diachronic corpus-based study of the modal auxiliary may, specifically on changes in its collocational preferences during the past 200 years. The main...

Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries

Word accent and mapping rules in Yurakaré

van Gijn, Rik

In: Morphology, 2014, vol. 24, no. 3, p. 223-244

Université de Neuchâtel

The unidirectionality of semantic changes in grammaticalization: an experimental approach to the asymmetric priming hypothesis

Hilpert, Martin ; Correia Saavedra, David

In: English Language & Linguistics, 2018, vol. 22, no. 3, p. 357-380

Why is semantic change in grammaticalization typically unidirectional? It is a well-established finding that in grammaticalizing constructions, more concrete meanings tend to evolve into more schematic meanings. Jäger & Rosenbach (2008) appeal to the psychological phenomenon of asymmetric priming in order to explain this tendency. This article aims to evaluate their proposal on the basis of...