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The diasystem and its role in generating meaning: Diachronic evidence from Old French


Völker, H (2013). The diasystem and its role in generating meaning: Diachronic evidence from Old French. In: Arteaga, D L. Research on Old French: The State of the Art. Dordrecht: Springer, 187-204.

Abstract

The present study focuses on language variation. Although different schools have approached the subject in a variety of ways, little work has been done on what varying “means”, i.e., to what extent being part of a variety contributes to the genesis of meaning (semiosis). The focus of the present paper is to discuss semiosis according to variational linguistics. By following the diasystematic changes of a few Old French lexical elements, this analysis sheds light on the role of diasystematic information in generating meaning. Combining the results with recent multi-level semiosis models, we come to understand that semantic elements may pass from one semiosis level to another. Our proposal contributes to a better understanding of the relation between a variety and its variants.

Abstract

The present study focuses on language variation. Although different schools have approached the subject in a variety of ways, little work has been done on what varying “means”, i.e., to what extent being part of a variety contributes to the genesis of meaning (semiosis). The focus of the present paper is to discuss semiosis according to variational linguistics. By following the diasystematic changes of a few Old French lexical elements, this analysis sheds light on the role of diasystematic information in generating meaning. Combining the results with recent multi-level semiosis models, we come to understand that semantic elements may pass from one semiosis level to another. Our proposal contributes to a better understanding of the relation between a variety and its variants.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:21 Mar 2013 07:05
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:39
Publisher:Springer
Series Name:Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Number:88
ISSN:0924-4670
ISBN:978-94-007-4767-8 (Print); 978-94-007-4768-5 (eBook)
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4768-5_10
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