A05
Modeling meaning-driven register variation

A05 investigates situationally and functionally driven intra-individual variation involving alternatives that differ in their core logical or truth-conditional content. The project pursues two complementary perspectives, one bottom-up, building multi-factorial models of specific domains of variation, and one top-down, looking for generalizations across domains. For the former, the initial empirical domain of investigation is numerical (im)precision, for the latter, German indefinite expressions. Then general properties of meaning-driven variation will be identified, exploring two initial hypotheses: (i) A basic dichotomy exists between meaning-driven and form-driven variation, namely, when differences in logical meaning among alternatives exist, this must drive the variation. (ii) The semantic relationship between two register alternatives is constrained to subset relations.

Members

Project leader

Prof. Dr. Uli Sauerland


Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

sauerland@leibniz-zas.de

Dr. Stephanie Solt


Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

solt@leibniz-zas.de

Members

Dr. E. Cameron Wilson


Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)


Dr. Roland Mühlenbernd


Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

muehlenbernd@leibniz-zas.de

Jordan Chark


Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

chark@leibniz-zas.de

Dr. Mihaela Popa-Wyatt


Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

popa-wyatt@leibniz-zas.de

Student assistant

Alexandra Fossa


Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS)

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