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  • Analogy and Contrast in Language 2022-10-15
    Within cognitive and functional approaches to language structure and grammaticality, analogy and contrast represent two fundamental human cognitive capacities, which, up to now, have mostly been examined separately. This volume seeks to bridge that gap and in doing so it brings together cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research in the field. The chapters in this book […]
  • Humour in the Beginning 2022-10-15
    Humour in the Beginning presents a multidisciplinary collection of fourteen in-depth case-studies on the role of humour – both benign and blasphemous, elitist and ordinary, orthodox and heterodox – in early, formative stages of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and (late-antique) Judaism. Its coherence is strengthened by four preceding theoretical essays, many cross-references and a conclusion. […]
  • Beyond Babel 2022-10-15
    The contribution that scholarly organizations make to the study of languages and literatures is a service to the value of systematically learning and using meaning—understanding that meaning operates in systems. Constructively speaking, these organizations support the teaching and research of our world’s experts in grammar, genre, medium, production, reception, exchange, critique, appreciation, and so on. […]
  • Humour in Self-Translation 2022-10-15
    This book explores an important aspect of human existence: humor in self-translation, a virtually unexplored area of research in Humour Studies and Translation Studies. Of the select group of international scholars contributing to this volume some examine literary texts from different perspectives (sociological, philosophical, or post-colonial) while others explore texts in more extraneous fields such […]
  • A Cognitive Perspective on Spatial Prepositions 2022-10-15
    A Cognitive Perspective on Spatial Prepositions: Intertwining networks is devoted to the issue of the relation between language and thought approached from the perspective of spatial relations encoded by four equivalent spatial prepositions – English to, German zu, Polish do and Russian к. Regarding these prepositions as path-prepositions, the authors show that the prepositional semantic […]
  • Locational pointing in Murrinhpatha, Gija, and English conversations 2022-09-30
    Abstract It has been suggested that the gestural accuracy used by speakers of Australian Aboriginal languages like Guugu Yimidhirr and Arrernte to indicate directions and represent topographic features is a consequence of absolute frame of reference being dominant in these languages; and that the lackadaisical points produced by North American English speakers is an outcome […]
  • Collective identity construction in the covid-19 crisis 2022-09-30
    Abstract Since the pandemic broke out in 2020, China has widely presented the covid crisis in its mass media and actively constructed collective identity thereof to mobilize medical workers, unify political stances, boost domestic solidarity, and promote international support. This paper combines the Discourse-Historical Approach and a multimodal perspective to investigate how the Chinese state-run […]
  • Automatic analysis of caregiver input and child production 2022-09-30
    Abstract The present study explores the applicability of Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques to investigate child corpora in Korean. We employ caregiver input and child production data in the CHILDES database, currently the largest and open-access Korean child corpus data, and apply NLP techniques to the data in two ways: automatic Part-of-Speech tagging by adapting […]
  • The nature of L2 input 2022-09-30
    Abstract How language learners of Korean acquire knowledge on postpositions has been a long-standing research question in Korean language pedagogy due to their polysemous nature. The present study investigates the nature of input involving the locative function of the postposition -ey, one of the representative polysemous postpositions in Korean, through the frequency of its occurrence, […]
  • Verb conjugation errors by learners of Korean 2022-09-30
    Abstract This study aims to identify patterns of verb conjugation errors that learners of Korean manifest and the factors that influence these errors through an analysis of an error-annotated learner corpus. For this purpose, a paradigmatic relations-based description of language acquisition was proposed. The predictability of each conjugation class was estimated by way of entropy, […]
  • Corpus-based analysis of honorifics in Korean and its pedagogical implication 2022-09-30
    Abstract This study explores the speech level shifts from non-honorific to honorific situation by analyzing Korean spoken corpora of conversations between native speakers of Korean through a discourse-analytic framework. Although non-honorific styles (e.g., panmal) are used as frequently as honorific ones (e.g., contaysmal), little attention has been paid to non-honorific expressions in Korean, let alone […]
  • Introduction 2022-09-30
  • Hong Kong Sign Language numerals 2022-09-30
    Abstract Syntactic processes trigger changes in the movement-parameter of Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL) numeral signs. Though HKSL cardinal numerals by default do not contain movement and are produced in neutral space, under specific circumstances, the movement-parameter can be altered from [∅] to specifications for both path- and hand-internal movement. This creates four types of […]
  • The relevance of Autism for Evolutionary Linguistic Theory 2022-09-29
  • Comprehension of core grammar in diverse samples of Mandarin-acquiring preschool children with ASD 2022-09-29
    Abstract In this review, we summarize studies investigating comprehension of three core grammatical structures (Subject-Verb-Object word order, grammatical aspect and wh-questions) in diverse samples of Mandarin-acquiring preschoolers with ASD, all utilizing the Intermodal Preferential Looking (IPL) paradigm. Results showed that children with ASD, though they were delayed in chronological age and expressive language (including significantly […]
  • Editorial 2022-09-29
  • Social and sensory influences on linguistic alignment 2022-09-29
    Abstract Previous research has demonstrated that speakers adapt individual characteristics of speech production to the social context, for example via phonetic convergence. Studies have measured the impact of social dynamics on convergence in typical speakers, but the impact of individual differences is less well-explored. The present study measures phonetic convergence before and after a cooperative […]
  • Review of Maagerø, Mulvad & Tønnessen (2021): Women in social semiotics and SFL: Making a difference 2022-09-29
    This article reviews Women in social semiotics and SFL: Making a difference 
  • Semogenic variation in the construal of sayerhood in Arabic 2022-09-29
    Abstract This article studies projection and examines alternative modes of construing processes of saying/ speech events and the variation across three registers where projection is particularly important. It is one of many articles that describe and discuss projection as a semantic fractal manifested in a variety of lexicogrammatical environments. The first paper in this series, […]
  • Evaluating Jesus and other “heroes” 2022-09-29
    Abstract The appraisal framework developed by Martin and White and others working within systemic functional linguistics has been applied in a wide variety of contexts. However, to our knowledge, it has been little used in the interpretation of ancient written documents. We believe that it may have value, amongst other things, in determining the genre […]