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Metalinguistic comments and signals: What can they tell us about the conventionalization of neologies
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Scandinavian Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6945-1542
2018 (English)In: Pragmatics & Cognition, ISSN 0929-0907, E-ISSN 1569-9943, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 122-141Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many neologies receive a large amount of metalinguistic focus during their conventionalization. This includes explicit metalinguistic comments, as well as several ways of emphasizing a new word qua word in running texts, so-called metasignals (e.g., quotation marks). This article reports from a large quantitative study of 360 Swedish neologies. It investigates the nature and the amount of metafocus during conventionalization. More than 96% of the neologies received metafocus at least once, but the mean proportion of metafocused citations was low, just under 3.5%. Metafocusing is likely to be more intense in early phases and is likely to decline over time. No long-term effects of metafocusing on the conventionalization process itself were found in corpus data.

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2018. Vol. 25, no 1, p. 122-141
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conventionalization, corpus data, metafocus, metalinguistic comments, metasignals and neologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-168937DOI: 10.1075/pc.18005.svaISI: 000471270700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-168937DiVA, id: diva2:1316397
Available from: 2019-05-17 Created: 2019-05-17 Last updated: 2019-07-22Bibliographically approved

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