Conceptual and Procedural Aspects of Causal Meaning: Corpus-Analytic Evidence from Modern Greek

Conceptual and Procedural Aspects of Causal Meaning: Corpus-Analytic Evidence from Modern Greek Τheoretical-pragmatic research in the field of Modern Greek causality suggests the need for a differentiating treatment of the two prototypical, monolexemic and seemingly synonymous causal subordinators γiati and epiδi, especially in view of real-language data. In fact, recent relevance-theoretic investigations have supported this claim, applying the distinction between conceptual and procedural meaning to the analysis of these two markers. Thus, while epiδi is reserved for a conceptual characterization, γiati qualifies for either a conceptual or a procedural appraisal, depending on the context where it occurs. Despite their descriptive vigor, the arguments underlying this claim have often been challenged, especially on the grounds of lack of empirical support. The current project undertakes to respond to this long-standing request. To this effect, it conducts a corpus-analytic study of causal meaning. In doing so, it exploits corpora adduced in the Corpus of Greek Texts. On this type of analysis, we avail ourselves of the opportunity to examine the behavior of the two causal markers from a wide textual perspective: in conceptual versus procedural conjunctions within a range of contextual settings (or genres) in both written and spoken discourse. Ultimately, the results of the present corpus analysis come to confirm the claim that the two markers bear distinct types of meaning. Corpus Pragmatics Springer Journals

Conceptual and Procedural Aspects of Causal Meaning: Corpus-Analytic Evidence from Modern Greek

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Linguistics; Pragmatics; Computer Appl. in Arts and Humanities; Computational Linguistics; Semantics
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