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Full Title: Sinn und Bedeutung 19: Semantic Change

Location: Göttingen, Germany
Start Date: 15-Sep-2014 - 17-Sep-2014
Contact: Regine Eckardt
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Meeting Description: Over the past years, there has been a rising interest in the connection between formal theories of semantics/pragmatics and language change. Certain phenomena such as the emergence of functional morphemes and words can best be investigated and understood in terms of semantic theories that allow for an explicit treatment of semantic composition. Another trend in meaning change is the change from situation-dependent meanings to situation-independent meanings, for instance when verbs of possession turn into future markers. Again, this trend can be put to test concisely in intensional semantics, where possible worlds are a visible parameter. The special session aims to intensify the exchange between synchronic and diachronic investigations of meaning, and to explore new and fruitful connections.

Organizing Committee:

Regine Eckardt
Igor Yanovich
Hedde Zeijlstra
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Semantics
LL Issue: 25.764

This is a session of the following meeting:
Sinn und Bedeutung 19

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