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Hear-Say, Inference, Surprise: (Self-)Distancing in Bulgarian


Sonnenhauser, Barbara (2015). Hear-Say, Inference, Surprise: (Self-)Distancing in Bulgarian. In: Sonnenhauser, Barbara; Meermann, Anastasia. Distance in language : grounding a metaphor. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 117-141.

Abstract

Using examples of perfect-like forms in Bulgarian, this paper probes the linguistic potential of the notion of ‘distance’. It is shown how this conceptual metaphor can be semantically grounded and contribute to a systematic analysis of the semantics and interpretational range of the forms in question. By the contextual specification of their semantic components, the possible interpretations of the respective forms can be derived in a straightforward way. This provides evidence for a polysemy-based approach instead of a paradigm- or homonymy-based analysis, which has been the favoured approach for these forms in the previous literature. Moreover, based on the notion of distance, text-level usage patterns can be accounted for.

Abstract

Using examples of perfect-like forms in Bulgarian, this paper probes the linguistic potential of the notion of ‘distance’. It is shown how this conceptual metaphor can be semantically grounded and contribute to a systematic analysis of the semantics and interpretational range of the forms in question. By the contextual specification of their semantic components, the possible interpretations of the respective forms can be derived in a straightforward way. This provides evidence for a polysemy-based approach instead of a paradigm- or homonymy-based analysis, which has been the favoured approach for these forms in the previous literature. Moreover, based on the notion of distance, text-level usage patterns can be accounted for.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:07 Jul 2015 12:03
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 13:15
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN:978-1-4438-7261-4
Related URLs:http://www.cambridgescholars.com/distance-in-language (Publisher)

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