Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Superparticles

A Microsemantic Theory, Typology, and History of Logical Atoms

Authors: Mitrović, Moreno

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  • Provides a novel systematic approach to formal diachronic semantics, pragmatics and syntax
  • Evaluates and analyses the historical trends of semantic, syntactic change not only across the Indo-European family but also in Japonic
  • Explores and helps to understand diachronic implicational relations in the grammatical system of logical expressions encoded with identical morphemes
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This book is all about the captivating ability that the human language has to express intricately logical (mathematical) meanings using tiny (microsemantic) morphemes as utilities. Languages mark meanings with identical inferences using identical particles and these particles thus creep up in a wide array of expressions. Because of their multi-tasking capacity to express seemingly disparate meanings, they are dubbed Superparticles. These particles are perfect windows into the interlock of several grammatical modules and the nature of the interaction of these modules through time. With a firm footing in the module where grammatical bones are built and assembled (narrow morpho-syntax), superparticles acquire varied interpretation (in the conceptual-intentional module – semantics) depending on the structure they fea- ture in. What is more, some of the interpretations these particles trigger are inferential and belong, under the standard account, to the realm of pragmatics. How can such tiny particles, rarely exceeding a syllable of sound, have such powerful and over-arching effects across the inter-modular grammatical space? This is the Platonic background against which this book is set.

About the authors

Moreno Mitrović is currently Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Leibniz Centre for General Linguistics (ZAS) in Berlin. He has received his doctorate from Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and has held positions in the US, Japan, Austria, Germany, Cyprus, Slovenia and the UK. As co-founder of Bled Institute, a non-profit research and development NGO, he also works in promotion of science and social mobility.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Superparticles
Book Subtitle
A Microsemantic Theory, Typology, and History of Logical Atoms
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
98
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-94-024-2050-0
DOI
10.1007/978-94-024-2050-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-024-2049-4
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 288
Number of Illustrations
104 b/w illustrations
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