How do Degrees Enter the Grammar? Language Change in Samoan from [-DSP] to [+DSP]

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Aufrufstatistik

URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10900/83155
http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-dspace-831552
http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-24546
Dokumentart: InProceedings (Aufsatz / Paper einer Konferenz etc.)
Date: 2018-07-16
Language: English
Faculty: 9 Sonstige / Externe
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
Keywords: Linguistik , Semantik , Feldforschung , Polynesische Sprachen
Other Keywords:
Linguistics
Semantics
Fieldwork
Austronesian
Polynesian
Samoan
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Abstract:

The paper presents the result of a diachronic corpus study on Samoan, tracing a recent change in the setting of the Degree Semantics Parameter (Beck et al. 2009). We suggest that an earlier stage, Samoan had a negative setting of said parameter. Appropriation of another scalar concept then paved the way for the introduction of degrees into the grammar. Lexical and syntactic re-analysis of the directional particle [atu] (‘forth, away’) result in a new parameter setting.

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