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  • Review of Ono, Laury & Suzuki (2021): Usage-based and Typological Approaches to Linguistic Units 2024-04-22
  • Verbal marking, intransitivity, and argument structure 2024-04-22
    Abstract This paper provides an intransitive analysis for an array of predicates which exhibit specific marking patterns in Budai Rukai. Contra previous lexical approaches, it is argued that a verbal prefix found on the predicates instantiates a functional head v, which constructs an intransitive vP. Its spell-out form is conditioned by its interaction with other […]
  • Review of Griffiths (2023): The Practice of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) Around the World 2024-04-19
  • Delimitación, visualización y metalenguaje 2024-04-19
    Abstracta El presente artículo adopta el marco teórico del Diseño Universal para el Aprendizaje (DUA) como acercamiento cualitativo para examinar la accesibilidad de la enseñanza de las emociones en los manuales de español lengua extranjera (ELE). En concreto, se aplican de forma sistemática las tres pautas del principio de representación del DUA en el análisis […]
  • Attacking epistemic personhood on Twitter/X 2024-04-19
    Abstract This paper reports on an examination of the actions that Spanish epistemic agents perform in order to question, challenge, undermine and/or destroy the epistemic personhood of an informer on Twitter, recently been renamed ‘X’. Relying on a corpus of reactions to information about sanitary measures released during the COVID-19 pandemic by an allegedly reliable […]
  • Degrees of disagreement and reliability of information sources in pro- and anti-vaccination comments on Facebook 2024-04-19
    Abstract During the COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the Spanish Ministry of Health shared informative posts on platforms like Facebook, sparking heated debates. This paper utilizes a custom corpus of Facebook comments with evidential elements to explore the disagreement and confrontation in online comments from pro- and anti-vaccine advocates. The study also analyses the types of evidence […]
  • Óláfr pái Hǫskuldsson’s landing in Ireland (Laxdæla saga) in light of the Irish law of the shore 2024-04-18
    Abstract This article compares the commercial knowledge of a Norwegian skipper in the Icelandic Laxdæla saga with the medieval Irish law of the shore, now accessible in recently edited Irish legal tracts. His knowledge of Ireland is matched by the ship’s master, Óláfr paí Hǫskuldsson, son of an enslaved mother but grandson of an Irish […]
  • Stationen der frühen nordgermanischen Sprachgeschichte 2024-04-18
    Abstract The article presents a new periodization of the language of the older runic inscriptions (until 750 AD) by dividing the whole period into four subperiods instead of two (i.e. in contrast to Krause’s dichotomy of Frühurnordisch and Späturnordisch). The study focuses on the earliest layers of runic inscriptions in older fuþark, namely the pre-classical […]
  • The Old English gerund in ‑enne or ‑anne 2024-04-18
    Abstract This article discusses the historical form of the gerund in Old English, attested both as ‑enne and ‑anne. The former is commonly considered to be the historical form, while the latter is thought to have resulted from analogical levelling on the basis of the infinitive that ended in ‑an. The primacy of ‑enne is […]
  • Review of Timofeeva (2022): Sociolinguistic Variation in Old English: Records of Communities and People 2024-04-18
    This article reviews Sociolinguistic Variation in Old English: Records of Communities and People 
  • Prejudice towards regional accents of Philippine English 2024-04-18
    Abstract This study examines linguistic prejudice towards the accents of three regional varieties of Philippine English: Cebuano English, Ilocano English, and Tagalog English. Data were collected using a verbal-guise technique taken by 982 listener-judges, who were selected using a purposive sampling technique. Results showed an overall more favorable attitude towards Tagalog English. Cebuano English and […]
  • Exploiting metaphor in disagreement 2024-04-18
    Abstract The use of metaphors is a common strategy in argumentative discourse to resolve disagreements and create common ground. Nonetheless, metaphor use could also backfire. An opponent could, for example, hijack a metaphor to oppose the proponent’s standpoint. The current study focuses on this type of resistance, which we have dubbed ‘metaphor exploitation’. Such exploitation […]
  • Bilingual children’s online processing of relative clauses 2024-04-18
    Abstract Long-distance dependencies such as relative clauses (RCs) are known to be vulnerable in heritage grammars (e.g., Montrul, 2008). Previous studies in RC comprehension have shown that heritage language (HL) children show similar comprehension to monolingual children (Jia & Paradis, 2020), while differential performance has also been found (Kidd et al., 2015). The present study investigates […]
  • Doubling in Hong Kong Sign Language 2024-04-18
    Abstract The present paper provides a copy-movement analysis for doubling in Hong Kong Sign Language (HKSL). HKSL allows for the doubling of heads and phrases in an XYX pattern with the doubled element occurring clause-finally. I argue that doubled elements undergo A’-movement into Spec,FocP, attracted by a focus-feature on Foc0. The moved element then fuses […]
  • The use of the non-lexical sound öö in Hungarian same-turn self-repair 2024-04-18
    Abstract This paper explores the use of the non-lexical schwa-like sound öö in three Hungarian self-initiated same-turn self-repair phenomena, namely, searching, replacing, and searching converted into aborting. Since self-repair inherently prevents the turn from progressing towards possible completion, by deploying the non-lexical öö in the course of the three repair operations, speakers can vocalize and […]
  • Addenda zum Etymologischen Wörterbuch der friesischen Adjektiva, Teil III 2024-04-18
    Abstract When the Etymologisches Wörterbuch der friesischen Adjektiva appeared in 2010, the author was well aware that with the complexity of the Frisian linguistic situation and its often unpublished handwritten sources, he would have missed one or two interesting adjectives. Thirteen additional Frisian adjectives have meanwhile been found in other until now less regarded lexicographic […]
  • ‘They will not survive here’ 2024-04-17
    Abstract To justify the hardening of borders the populist radical right sometimes uses environmental rhetoric to frame migrants as a threat. The radical right’s environmental politics has been analysed through a focus on state borders, but less attention has been paid to the (re)production of bordering within and beyond the nation-state and to the racialising […]
  • Divergence-time estimation in Indo-European 2024-04-16
    Abstract Divergence-time estimation is one of the most important endeavors in historical linguistics. Its importance is matched only by its difficulty. As Bayesian methods of divergence-time estimation have become more common over the past two decades, a number of critical issues have come to the fore, including model sensitivity, the dependence of root-age estimates on […]
  • Intonation of polar questions in German-dominant heritage speakers of Italian 2024-04-16
    Abstract In heritage language (HL) research, prosodic aspects of heritage speakers (HSs) speech have only recently started to receive attention and the results have been mixed. While some studies report cross-linguistic influence (CLI) for HL intonation, others consider it robust. The present study contributes to this debate and examines the intonational patterns of polar questions […]
  • Review of Augé (2023): Metaphor and Argumentation in Climate Crisis Discourse 2024-04-16