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Author: Anne Storch

audience not only to reply to what has been said but also to evaluate how something has been said. This paper aims at exploring deliberate language change precisely as a form of daily-life creativity shared by entire communities, which is, however, also part of ritual communication and ‘exceptional

In: Language Dynamics and Change

driven by adaptive pressures beyond the effect of neutral drift (Bentz et al., 2018) The take-home message is that although the languages we speak are undoubtedly a product of our brains, their properties depend not only on how the brain works, but also on our way of life in a broad sense. Fortunately

In: Language Dynamics and Change
Author: Jeffrey Heath

time again he discusses the life cycle of a construction with no reference to its functional (as opposed to formal) precursors. 2.2 The evolution of constructions The shift from parataxis to syntax is only the first step. Once a construction is born, it can be repurposed repeatedly, a process that

In: Language Dynamics and Change
Author: Cecil H. Brown

deer (e.g., Huastec, Ixil, Jacaltec, Otomi, Matlazinca, Chiapanec, Tequistlatec), a consequence of naming the introduced former creature after the native latter. My large-scale comparative investigation of names for introduced items (both artifacts and living things) in native languages spoken

In: Language Dynamics and Change

their whole life. The resulting dialect atlas (Kettunen, 1940a) mainly documents the distribution of morphological and phonological phenomena, with less information about lexical variation. It was accompanied by an explanatory book (Kettunen, 1940b), and is closely related to his earlier dialect book

In: Language Dynamics and Change

spoken in everyday life by the Christians of southwestern France. During the next stage, the Gascon used by the Jews underwent a gradual “Judaicizing,” with new lexical elements introduced. Numerous words in this Jewish repertoire were taken from the liturgy. 5 Others were needed to designate certain

In: Journal of Jewish Languages
Author: Arthur Cooper

’; and (466 C ) 壽 long life 壽 (466 C ) ‘shòu’, ‘long life’. All these have many variant ‘Seal’ and merely fanciful forms; 喜 often being doubled 囍, on menu covers especially and as a wedding symbol; whilst 福 and 壽 have respectively 105 and 289 fanciful variants listed in one seventeenth

In: The Other Greek
Author: William Labov

January 25th: —we’d better have a title ready … I was trying with something like “Linguistic Change: Stimuli and Constraints from Structure and Society.” But it might be advisable to get “empirical” into the title, because our interest in living evidence is perhaps as distinctive as anything else in our

In: New Directions for Historical Linguistics
Author: Jaap Kamphuis

(28) in Chapter 4), the theme is not one particular event, but rather a general rule of how life will be at that point, a context that is very compatible with imperfective aspect as used in modern Slavic languages (cf. also the difference between exemplary use of the perfective present and generalized

In: Verbal Aspect in Old Church Slavonic

researcher to take into account the effect of biography and politics on language ideology. The first part of this article introduces Chernov and describes a key incident in his life involving language and ethnic identity. The second analyzes the depiction of jr in his memoirs, with particular attention

In: Journal of Jewish Languages