Forthcoming volume: Semantic Change in Grammaticalization, edited by Josep Martines, Sandra Montserrat and Jordi M. Antolí


In recent decades, diachronic semantics as a discipline has undergone a revolution. First, because the very concept of meaning has been broadened: whereas traditionally diachronic semantics focused on the study of the lexicon, it is now agreed that not only the lexicon is a bearer of meaning. Consequently, this expansion of the field of study has been accompanied by a re-evaluation of the discipline: diachronic semantics has gone from being on the periphery of the study of linguistic change to being considered a core subject. The importance that semantic change has acquired in the study of grammaticalization is paradigmatic: semantics and pragmatics have become fundamental disciplines for explaining the origin of grammatical change and the context in which it occurs.

Within this context, this special issue explores the place of semantic change in grammaticalization and studies cases of grammatical change. With regard to case studies, priority will be given to studies dealing with grammaticalization phenomena in Catalan, but proposals on other languages are also welcome. Studies should be based on historical data from linguistic corpora. Areas of interest include (i) case studies on grammaticalization and semantic change, in Catalan and other languages, based on historical data; (ii) typological approaches to grammaticalization; new models of grammatical change; (iii) typological approaches to semantic change; mechanisms and patterns of change; (iv) studies on the importance of context in the study of semantic change and grammaticalization; the pragmatic approach to change, and (v) the intersection between grammaticalization and other patterns in linguistic change: phraseologization, pragmaticalization, etc.

For further information please contact Sandra Montserrat (Universitat d’Alacant) or Jordi M. Antolí (Universitat d’Alacant)