Debra Ziegeler

Debra Ziegeler

List of John Benjamins publications for which Debra Ziegeler plays a role.

Book series


Negation and Contact: With special focus on Singapore English

Edited by Debra Ziegeler and Zhiming Bao

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 183] 2017. vii, 208 pp.
Subjects English linguistics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Historical linguistics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Historical linguistics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology | Theoretical linguistics


The use of the adverb already in Colloquial Singapore English has long been known as one of the most readily recognizable features defining the contact dialect, marking aspectual nuances such as anterior, completive, inchoative and inceptive functions, as noted by Bao (2005, 2015). Recent… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra. 2017. Quantification under negative scope in Singapore English. Negation and Contact: With special focus on Singapore English, Ziegeler, Debra and Zhiming Bao (eds.), pp. 171–206
Earlier studies on the grammatical system of Singapore English have attributed little attention to the interactions between negation and quantification, and even less researched in previous studies is the application of the Aristotelian Square of Oppositions to variational data from international… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra and Zhiming Bao. 2017. Introduction. Negation and Contact: With special focus on Singapore English, Ziegeler, Debra and Zhiming Bao (eds.), pp. 1–10
Former studies have attributed little attention to the historical factors surrounding the development of counterfactual meanings in almost, though some refer to evidence of expletive negation found in proximatives crosslinguistically. In this study, the historical development of the adverb will be… read more | Article
The study of replica grammaticalisation in contact (Heine & Kuteva 2003, 2005) has not been without its critics (e.g. Matthews & Yip 2009, Gast & van der Auwera 2012) because of assumptions of a historical linguistic awareness of model language grammaticalisation routes. In Heine & Kuteva’s… read more | Article
The traditionally held view that grammaticalisation should be a semantically-motivated process (as discussed, for example, in Hopper and Traugott 2003: 75, summarising Bybee 1985; Bybee and Dahl 1989; Heine, Claudi and Hünnemeyer 1991; Heine et al. 1993; and Heine and Kuteva 2002) has not been… read more | Article
In an earlier study (Ziegeler 2007), it was emphasised that it was redundant to discuss construction coercion in the face of more transparent mechanisms of cognitive pragmatics such as metonymy, and within the sphere of grammaticalisation studies. The present paper extends such arguments, including… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra. 2010. What grammaticalisation can reveal about same-subject control. Grammaticalization: Current views and issues, Stathi, Katerina, Elke Gehweiler and Ekkehard König (eds.), pp. 241–272
The notion of an implicit infinitive subject for non-finite clauses has increasingly shifted from the focus of syntactic research to that of semantics. The present study addresses some examples from Colloquial Singaporean English (CSE) in which subject control relations appear to be absent. It is… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra and Sarah Lee. 2009. A metonymic analysis of Singaporean and Malaysian English causative constructions. Metonymy and Metaphor in Grammar, Panther, Klaus-Uwe, Linda L. Thornburg and Antonio Barcelona (eds.), pp. 291–322
The alignment of deontic modality with perfective lexical aspect and epistemic modality with imperfective lexical aspect has been observed in a number of recent publications on the interface between aspect and modality (e.g., Abraham 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003). The present study considers the way in… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra. 2007. Arguing the case against coercion. Aspects of Meaning Construction, Radden, Günter, Klaus-Michael Köpcke, Thomas Berg and Peter Siemund (eds.), pp. 99–123
Recent work in cognitive linguistics has hired the term coercion which was formerly associated with computational linguistics to apply to a number of instances in the study of natural language in which there is an incongruity between the semantics of a syntactic frame and the semantics of lexical… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra and Sarah Lee. 2006. Causativity reduction in Singaporean English. English World-Wide 27:3, pp. 265–294
A common feature of Singaporean English, and found to a lesser extent in British and US English, is the “conventionalised scenario” (Goldberg 1995); i.e. a causative construction in which an intermediate causee is neither expressed nor necessarily recoverable from context and common ground, e.g.… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra. 2004. Grammaticalisation through constructions: The story of causativehavein English. Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics: Volume 2, Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José (ed.), pp. 159–195
Recent arguments by Langacker (2003) on the nature of verb meanings in constructions claim that such meanings are created by entrenchment and frequency of use, and only with repeated use can they become conventionalised and acceptable. Such a position raises the need for a diachronic perspective on… read more | Article
Ziegeler, Debra. 2004. Redefining unidirectionality: Is there life after modality?. Up and down the Cline – The Nature of Grammaticalization, Fischer, Olga, Muriel Norde and Harry Perridon (eds.), pp. 115–135
Ziegeler, Debra. 2003. The development of counterfactual implicatures in English: A case of metonymy or M-inference?. Metonymy and Pragmatic Inferencing, Panther, Klaus-Uwe and Linda L. Thornburg (eds.), pp. 169–203
Levinson (1995) attributes the counterfactual meanings derived from marked, periphrastic alternatives of the modal verb, could, to the presence of M-inferences related to the Gricean maxim of Manner. He accounts for the complementary nature of inferences associated with the two alternates, could… read more | Article
Current works on grammaticalisation have discussed the tendency for older, lexically-based meanings to continue to adhere to the grammaticalising item in a situation described as 'retention' (Bybee & Pagliuca, 1987), and for these meanings to impose semantic constraints affecting the grammatical… read more | Article