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#4631. Oxford Bibliographies による意味・語用変化研究の概要[hel_education][history_of_linguistics][bibliography][semantic_change][semantics][pragmatics]

2021-12-31

 分野別に整理された書誌を専門家が定期的にアップデートしつつ紹介してくれる Oxford Bibliographies より,"Semantic-Pragmatic Change" の項目を参照した(すべてを読むにはサブスクライブが必要).この分野の重鎮といえる Elizabeth Closs Traugott による選で,最新の更新は2020年12月8日となっている.副題に "Your Best Research Starts Here" とあり入門的書誌を予想するかもしれないが,実際には専門的な図書や論文も多く含まれている.  *
 今回はそのイントロを引用し,この分野の研究のあらましを紹介するにとどめる.

Semantic change is the subfield of historical linguistics that investigates changes in sense. In 1892, the German philosopher Gottlob Frege argued that, although they refer to the same person, Jocasta and Oedipus's mother, are not equivalent because they cannot be substituted for each other in some contexts; they have different "senses" or "values." In contemporary linguistics, most researchers agree that words do not "have" meanings. Rather, words are assigned meanings by speakers and hearers in the context of use. These contexts of use are pragmatic. Therefore, semantic change cannot be understood without reference to pragmatics. It is usually assumed that language-internal pragmatic processes are universal and do not themselves change. What changes is the extent to which the processes are activated at different times, in different contexts, in different communities, and to which they shape semantic and grammatical change. Many linguists distinguish semantic change from change in "lexis" (vocabulary development, often in cultural contexts), although there is inevitably some overlap between the two. Semantic changes occur when speakers attribute new meanings to extant expressions. Changes in lexis occur when speakers add new words to the inventory, e.g., by coinage ("affluenza," a blend of affluent and influenza), or borrowing ("sushi"). Linguists also distinguish organizing principles in research. Starting with the form of a word or phrase and charting changes in the meanings of that the word or phrase is known as ???semasiology???; this is the organizing principle for most historical dictionaries. Starting with a concept and investigating which different expressions can express it is known as ???onomasiology???; this is the organizing principle for thesauruses.


 意味・語用変化の私家版の書誌としては,3ヶ月ほど前に「#4544. 英単語の意味変化と意味論を研究しようと思った際の取っ掛かり書誌(改訂版)」 ([2021-10-05-1]) を挙げたので,そちらも参照されたい.
 皆様,今年も「hellog?英語史ブログ」のお付き合い,ありがとうございました.よいお年をお迎えください.

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