By Katrien Dora Verveckken
Quantification is primary to human event (cf. Aristotle’s Organon): the main uncomplicated points of human existence and reasoning contain volume overview. This learn sheds lighting on a hugely widespread technique to exhibit quantification in Spanish, viz. the binominal quantifier (e.g. un aluviónN1 de llamadasN2 ‘a flood of calls’) which assesses the amount of N2 by way of N1.
This quantity bargains a corpus-based, cognitive-functional research of binominal quantifiers (BQ) in Spanish. the 1st half is devoted to the advance of BQs and starts off from the idea that BQs are cross-linguistically fascinated with grammaticalization. This monograph frames the historical past of BQs in Spanish by way of constructional degrees of switch and highlights the complicated interaction among analogical considering and conceptual endurance. the second one half motivates either the considerable edition within the paradigm of quantifying nouns and their combinatorial development through the exact same mechanism of conceptually-driven analogy. The learn therefore yields an leading edge practical version of BQs in Spanish, in synchrony and in diachrony, with significant implications for reference grammars and concept building.
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Binominal Quantifiers in Spanish: Conceptually-driven Analogy in Diachrony and Synchrony (Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie) by Katrien Dora Verveckken