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The role of inferencing in the diachronic development of new contrast markers

Grant number: 20/03328-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): July 05, 2022
Effective date (End): July 04, 2023
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Linguistic Theory and Analysis
Principal Investigator:Sanderléia Roberta Longhin
Grantee:Luísa Ferrari
Supervisor: Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen
Host Institution: Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Manchester, England  
Associated to the scholarship:19/01411-0 - Contrastive clausal coordination: processes of constitution and regularities in change, BP.DR


This overseas research project, falling within a pragmatically oriented approach to semantic change (TRAUGOTT; DASHER, 2002; HANSEN; WALTEREIT, 2006; HANSEN; VISCONTI, 2009), aims to investigate the role of pragmatic inferencing particularly in the development of new contrast markers. For this purpose, we focus on the evolution of four new Brazilian Portuguese contrast markers, namely agora, enquanto (que), só que and ao passo que, which, yet mainly unrecognized as such, result from two main strategies of creation of connectives attested in Romance languages. The analysis will be undertaken diachronically, on the basis of strongly argumentative texts from the 18th to the 21st century, and it will focus on polysemic contexts, in which contrastive meanings are added, via pragmatic enrichments, to the original meanings of the new markers. (AU)

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