Anaïs Vajnovszki

Anaïs Vajnovszki
Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 | UP3 · Département de Littérature et Linguistique Françaises et Latines (LLFL)

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Shell nouns (Schmid 2000) are abstract nouns like problem or result, which have the potential to “encapsulate” a portion of text either cataphorically (The problem is that + Propositional content) or anaphorically (Propositional content, this problem…). Since shell nouns operate a discursive reference, they serve as resumption markers, especial...
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Since the term ‘shell nouns’ was coined and even before that, this nominal category has proven notoriously hard to grasp. In trying to tackle that issue, several linguists produced their own classification, among whom Francis (in 1986 and 1994, and later with Manning in 1998), Schmid (2000), and Flowerdew and Forest (2014), but without considering...
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À première vue, l’histoire de l’adjectif attribut antéposé se résume comme le déclin d’une construction V2, victime de l’impitoyable tendance à l’ordre SVO. Si les indices de fréquence confirment cette thèse, les mesures de productivité montrent une « autre histoire », qui s’explique à la lumière de l’émergence de nouvelles sous-constructions dont...

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This comparative project will focus on the different properties of the nominal category of shell nouns in contemporary French and Romanian, both in terms of their integration into a set of constructions and of their broader discursive role. It investigates nouns like problem, idea or solution, which serve as “empty shells” for complex propositional contents. The main goals are: - build a list of potential shell nouns in French and Romanian - establish an internal typology of the most prototypical shell nouns in each language - determine how this category possibly overlaps with other nominal categories such as those of abstract nouns or general nouns - compare shell noun uses across languages and genres Results will be based on the analysis of a genre-diversified corpora, within the framework of prototype theory, construction grammar and cognitive linguistics. Date: 2018-2024 Labs: Lattice (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and GLIMS (UGent)