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See detailCharting ongoing change: the emergent complex subordinators the moment (that) and for fear (that)
Davidse, Kristin; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Smith, Adam

in e-Varieng: Exploring Recent Diachrony: Corpus Studies of Lexicogrammar and Language Practices in Late Modern English (2017)

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See detailA typology of lexical and grammaticalized uses of Russian tip
Kolyaseva, Alena ULg; Davidse, Kristin

in Leuven Working Papers in Linguistics (2016), (29), 171-210

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See detailPropositions vs. States-of-Affairs: Insights from adjectival and nominal complementation in English
Davidse, Kristin; Van linden, An ULg

Conference (2016)

This paper focuses on two non-verbal types of complement-taking predicates (CTPs) in English that pattern with both SoA and propositional complements (Hengeveld 1989), i.e. adjectival predicates, like BE ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on two non-verbal types of complement-taking predicates (CTPs) in English that pattern with both SoA and propositional complements (Hengeveld 1989), i.e. adjectival predicates, like BE important/fitting, and nominal ones, like THERE/IT BE (no) need/wonder/doubt/question. These two types of CTPs express either modal or evaluative meaning, with a number of them displaying polysemy. Adjectival matrices expressing a weak degree of desirability in the deontic domain, such as BE important, take to-infinitival clauses as their default complements, which express as yet unrealized but desired SoAs, e.g. (1). They tend to have a second use in which the speaker evaluates a factive proposition, typically encoded by a grounded finite clause, e.g. (2), where the event has already actualized. (1) The Cowboys believe it is important to have licensed premises at a central location in addition to their headquarters. (WB) (2) This book presents a balanced and sensible self-help programme or bulimia. It is particularly important that … it is written by someone who has experienced the syndrome herself. (WB) Nominal CTPs tend to specialize more: for the evaluation of a factive proposition, e.g. IT BE no wonder (3a), for deontic-dynamic meaning, e.g. THERE BE no need (4a), or for the epistemic assessment of a non-factive proposition, e.g. THERE BE no doubt. However, THERE BE no question is polysemous between expressing deontic-dynamic meaning (5a) and epistemic assessment (5b). The default complements of the nominal CTPs are, again, non-finite clauses for non-actualized SoAs (4a)-(5a) and finite clauses grounded by tense or speaker-related modals for propositions (3a)-(5b). These nominal strings also occur without expletive, finite verb, and complement, as in (3b)-(4b). Importantly, their qualificational meanings continue to determine the levels of clause structure of the material in their scope. In (3b), no wonder expresses the speaker’s evaluation of the fact that the relatives were annoyed, while in (4b), no need indicates that a potential SoA (holding the connection) is unnecessary. In (3b) no wonder modifies a proposition, and functions as a disjunct adverbial (cf. Quirk et al. 1985: 615) as shown by its positional flexibility. By contrast, no need in (3b) modifies a potential SoA and cannot occur in sentence-final position (*to keep holding, no need). Hence, we analyse no need as an elliptical expression, not an adverbial. (3) (a) It’s no wonder Norwegians hunt whale. There’s nothing else left to catch. (WB) (b) The relatives were very annoyed, no wonder, and it caused friction in the family. (WB) (4) (a) A: Why don’t we reschedule for, say, Tuesday? B: Oh, there is no need to reschedule. (CASO) (b) A: You want to keep holding? B: Uh -- tell you what -- no need. (CASO) (5) (a) Craig is under contract ... There’s absolutely no question of him leaving (WB) (b) There was no question that she would throw down the keys. (WB) We claim that the meaning of the adjectival and nominal strings is the central factor determining whether they take SoA or propositional complements, with the latter subdividing further into [+/- factive] (Boye 2012), [+/- modal elements], etc. Incorporating Langacker’s (1991) thinking on clausal grounding by tense and speaker-related modals, we offer a systematic account of the synchronic system of adjectival and nominal qualificational expressions, distinguishing unmarked and marked patterns (data from WordBanksOnline and Corpus of American Soap Operas). We also briefly discuss the diachronic changes that led to the current system (e.g. Van linden & Davidse 2009, Van linden 2012, Davidse & De Wolf 2012, Davidse, De Wolf & Van linden 2015, Gentens et al forthc.). References Boye, Kasper. 2012. Epistemic meaning. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. Davidse, Kristin & Simon De Wolf. 2012. Lexicalization and grammaticalization: modal modifier constructions with no question. Text and Talk 32: 569-591. Davidse, Kristin, Simon De Wolf & A. Van linden. 2015. The development of the modal and discourse marker uses of (there/it is / I have) no doubt. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 16: 25-58. Gentens, Caroline, Ditte Kimps, Kristin Davidse, Gilles Jacobs & An Van linden & Lot Brems. (forthcoming) Mirativity and rhetorical structure: The development of disjunct and anaphoric adverbials no wonder. In Gunther Kaltenböck, Arne Lohmann & Evelien Keizer (eds) Outside the Clause. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Hengeveld, Kees. 1989. Layers and operators in Functional Grammar. Journal of Linguistics 25. 127-157. Langacker, Ronald. 1991. Foundations of cognitive grammar. Vol. 2: Descriptive application. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Quirk, Randolph, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, & David Crystal. 1985. A comprehensive grammar of the English language. London: Longman. Van linden, An. 2012. Modal adjectives: English deontic and evaluative constructions in diachrony and synchrony. Berlin: Mouton. Van linden, An & Kristin Davidse. 2009. The clausal complementation of deontic-evaluative adjectives in extraposition constructions: a synchronic-diachronic approach. Folia Linguistica: Acta Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae 43: 171-211. [less ▲]

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See detailMiracles and mirativity: From lexical it’s a wonder to grammaticalised it’s no wonder in Old English
Van linden, An ULg; Davidse, Kristin; Matthijs, Lennart

in Leuvense Bijdragen – Leuven Contributions in Linguistics and Philology (2016), 99-100

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See detailMirativity and rhetorical structure: The development and prosody of disjunct and anaphoric adverbials with ‘no’ wonder
Gentens, Caroline; Kimps, Ditte; Davidse, Kristin et al

in Kaltenböck; Keizer (Eds.) Outside the Clause (2016)

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See detailThe development of the modal and discourse marker uses of (there/it is/I have) no doubt
Davidse, Kristin; De Wolf, Simon; Van linden, An ULg

in Journal of Historical Pragmatics (2015), 16(1), 25-58

In this paper, we reconstruct the emergence of the modal and discourse marker uses of adverbial and clausal expressions with no doubt. Their history contrasts in a number of surprising ways with typical ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we reconstruct the emergence of the modal and discourse marker uses of adverbial and clausal expressions with no doubt. Their history contrasts in a number of surprising ways with typical grammaticalization hypotheses. Existential expressions with no doubt emerged directly with grammatical modal meaning and developed lexicalized idiomatic uses later on. We account for this in terms of Boye and Harder's discourse approach to grammaticalization and lexicalization, according to which the former involves coded discourse secondariness whereas the latter expresses a primary point of the discourse. Like adverbial no doubt, I have/make no doubt acquired uses not only as a modal but also as a discourse marker. Invoking the principles of Kaltenbock, Heine and Kuteva's Thetical Grammar, we explain this development in terms of the positional and scopal flexibility, and the discourse functionality of these expressions. [less ▲]

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See detailNegative polarity as a trigger for the development of modal meaning
Davidse, Kristin; Van linden, An; Brems, Lieselotte ULg

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See detailNegation, grammaticalization and subjectification: the development of polar, modal and mirative no way-constructions
Davidse, Kristin; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Lesage, Jakob et al

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailFormal and semantic-discursive properties of mirative exprecctions (it's) no wonder: a synchronic-diachronic approach
Gentens, Caroline; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Davidse, Kristin et al

Conference (2014, July)

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See detailA diachronic account to extraposition
Davidse, Kristin; Van linden, An ULg

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See detailNegative polarity as a trigger for the development of modal meaning
Van linden, An ULg; Davidse, Kristin; Brems, Lieselotte ULg

Conference (2014)

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See detailFactive versus reported speech complements in English
Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Gentens, Caroline; Davidse, Kristin et al

Conference (2013, November 17)

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See detailTense use in English factive complements
Gentens, Caroline; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Davidse, Kristin et al

Conference (2013, September)

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See detailSubjective Compounds and Subjectivity/Subjectification in the English Noun Phrase
Ghesquiere, Lobke; Van linden, An ULg; Davidse, Kristin

in English Studies (2013), 94(1), 90-117

This paper makes a case for the category of subjective compounds, that is adjective-noun word units which convey subjective meaning, for example little bleeder, old chum, half-victory . These compounds ... [more ▼]

This paper makes a case for the category of subjective compounds, that is adjective-noun word units which convey subjective meaning, for example little bleeder, old chum, half-victory . These compounds are characterized grammatically by their behaviour as a unit in phrase structure, their internal inseparability and the non-attribute-like behaviour of the adjectival components. Adjective and noun have a high degree of collocational cohesion, which is reflected in high mutual information scores. This collocational cohesion is semantically motivated by the subjective evaluative features which adjective and noun share. To accommodate these subjective compounds we propose a prosodic, field-like model of the English noun phrase (NP), rather than a linear subjective-objective model as traditionally recognized in the literature. A prosodic model, which recognizes that subjective meaning is spread over the whole NP, can account both for the strong tendency of more subjective modifiers to precede more objective ones and for the minor countercurrent of more subjective elements to follow more objective ones. Such a model, we argue, also captures the fact that subjectification can entail both leftward and rightward movement in NP structure. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparative study of the grammaticalized uses of English sort of and French genre de in teenage forum data
Davidse, Kristin; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Willemse, Peter et al

in Miola, Emanuele (Ed.) Proceedings of the workshop languages go web (2013)

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See detailThe development of mirative no wonder-constructions
Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Davidse, Kristin; Matthijs, Lennart

Conference (2012, July)

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See detailThe role of the accessibility of the subject in the development of adjectival complementation from Old English to Present-day Eng
Van linden, An ULg; Davidse, Kristin

in López-Couso, María José; Los, Bettelou; Meurman-Solin, Anneli (Eds.) Information Structure and Syntactic Change (2012)

This article investigates the role of the accessibility of subjects in the development of extraposed complements depending on deontic adjectives, such as it is important to honour those who have done ... [more ▼]

This article investigates the role of the accessibility of subjects in the development of extraposed complements depending on deontic adjectives, such as it is important to honour those who have done honour to us (CB). Throughout history, these mandative constructions have patterned with both that- and to-complements, whose distribution changed over time. It is shown that, from the rise of the to-clauses at the expense of the that-clauses in Middle English onwards, these two types of complement start to differ in terms of accessibility of the subject, with to-clauses attracting subjects with more accessible reference. Accessibility of subjects therefore appears to have been a factor in the rise of the to-infinitive in mandative extraposition constructions. Interestingly, this general trend was temporarily reversed in the Early and Late Modern English data due to a combination of constructional, informational and stylistic factors. [less ▲]

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See detailGrammaticalization and language change: origins, criteria and outcomes
Davidse, Kristin; Breban, Tine; Brems, Lieselotte ULg et al

Book published by John Benjamins Publishing (2012)

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See detailNew reflections on the sources, outcomes, defining features and motivations of grammaticalization
Breban, Tine; Vanderbiesen, Jeroen; Davidse, Kristin et al

in Breban, Tine; Brems, Lieselotte; Davidse, Kristin (Eds.) et al Grammaticalization and language change: new reflections (2012)

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