Project SFB 833 Projekt C4 – Phenomena of Ambiguity in Diachrony and in Typological Comparison: Existence and Location

Basic data

Acronym:
SFB 833 Projekt C4
Title:
Phenomena of Ambiguity in Diachrony and in Typological Comparison: Existence and Location
Duration:
01/07/2009 to 30/06/2017
Abstract / short description:
The main aim of our project is to investigate mechanisms of interpretation from a dynamic perspective, focusing on language change and variation. We consider ambiguity at the semantics-pragmatics interface to be a fundamental engine of language variation and change. We will study both micro- and macro-variation, focusing on the domain of existential and locational constructions. The investigation of these constructions in a world-wide representative sample of 30 languages will provide us with reliable data on the limits and possibilities of macro-variation in this domain. Psycholinguistic tests and corpus studies within the Romance language family will inform us about both synchronic and diachronic micro-variation, giving us precise information about the decisive factors that have an impact on fine-grained structures. Based on the results of research in these empirical fields, we will develop a dynamic formal semantics for existential and locational constructions that is both typologically and psycholinguistically informed.

Staff

Managers

Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures
Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities
SFB 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios
Institute of Linguistics (SfS)
Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities
SFB 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios
SFB 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios

Contact persons

SFB 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios

Staff

SFB 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios
SFB 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios

Local organizational units

SFB 833 - Construction of Meaning: The Dynamics and Adaptivity of Linguistic Structures
Collaborative research centers and transregios
University of Tübingen
Institute of Linguistics (SfS)
Department of Modern Languages
Faculty of Humanities
Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures
Department of Modern Languages
Faculty of Humanities

Funders

Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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