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Towards a dynamic behavioral profile: A diachronic study of polysemous sentir in Spanish

Authors
  • Jansegers, Marlies1
  • Gries, Stefan Th.2
  • 1 Department of Linguistics, Ghent University, 9000 , (Belgium)
  • 2 Department of Linguistics, University of California, CA 93106-3100 , (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory
Publisher
De Gruyter
Publication Date
Jun 10, 2017
Volume
16
Issue
1
Pages
145–187
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/cllt-2016-0080
Source
De Gruyter
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Abstract

This study examines the diachronic evolution of the polysemy of the Spanish verb sentir (‘to feel’) by means of a corpus-based dynamic behavioral profile (BP) analysis. Methodologically, it presents the first application of the BP approach to historical data and proposes some methodological innovations not only within the current body of research in historical semantics but also with regard to previous applications of the BP approach. First, whereas the majority of existing studies in quantitative historical semantics are largely based on observed frequencies or percentages of collocational co-occurrence, our study leverages more complex historical data that are based on the similarities of vectors. Second, this study also provides an extension of the methodological apparatus of the BP approach by complementing the traditional hierarchical agglomerative cluster analysis (HAC) with a dynamic BP approach derived from multidimensional scaling maps (MDS). Theoretically, this methodology contributes to a comprehensive perspective on the process of Constructionalization and the nature of networks, which is illustrated on the basis of the development of the Discourse Marker (DM) lo siento (‘I’m sorry’).

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