By Katrien Dora Verveckken
Quantification is crucial to human event (cf. Aristotle’s Organon): the main uncomplicated points of human existence and reasoning contain volume overview. This examine sheds lighting on a hugely widespread technique to show quantification in Spanish, viz. the binominal quantifier (e.g. un aluviónN1 de llamadasN2 ‘a flood of calls’) which assesses the volume of N2 when it comes to N1.
This quantity bargains a corpus-based, cognitive-functional research of binominal quantifiers (BQ) in Spanish. the 1st half is devoted to the improvement of BQs and starts off from the belief that BQs are cross-linguistically occupied with grammaticalization. This monograph frames the historical past of BQs in Spanish when it comes to constructional degrees of switch and highlights the complicated interaction among analogical considering and conceptual patience. the second one half motivates either the considerable edition within the paradigm of quantifying nouns and their combinatorial development by way of the exact same mechanism of conceptually-driven analogy. The learn hence yields an cutting edge practical version of BQs in Spanish, in synchrony and in diachrony, with significant implications for reference grammars and idea building.
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