«Form and meaning»: A new book on variation

The book Form and meaning. Studies of grammatical variation and choice in Spanish has just been published by Peter Lang as a volume of its prestigious collection Studien zur romanischen Sprachwissenschaft and interkulturellen Kommunikation (order here).

Edited by María José Serrano and Miguel A. Aijón Oliva, the book presents a state of the art in studies of variation that approach meaning — in all its possible facets — as the key to scientific explanation. It brings together a group of international scholars whose work pursues the systematic integration of meaning and function in models of grammatical usage. Traditional variationist approaches — based on the analysis of correlations between …

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Who hides behind «se»?

We may wonder what kinds of initiators are referentially defocused through "se", that is, whom speakers intend to ‘hide’ through reflexive constructions – and for what reasons. The paper “La interpretación referencial del iniciador en las construcciones desfocalizadoras con se: análisis del discurso de la prensa digital” by Miguel A. Aijón Oliva, just published in Lengua y Habla, discusses the possible referential interpretations of this participant with passive and impersonal "se" in a corpus of local digital news and readers’ comments to them.
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