Scandinavian Studies in Language <p><strong><em>Scandinavian Studies in Language</em></strong> is a peer-reviewed English-language journal that bridges Scandinavian and global research trends. Taking a starting point in Scandinavian languages and language use, the journal is devoted to the study of language in all its richness and complexity - to the meanings, functions, structures, and contexts of language and linguistic practices.</p> <p><strong>Interdisciplinary</strong> in its orientation, our journal encourages contributions that study language in relation to culture and cognition, nature and environment, society and institutions, education and media, and to new and interdisciplinary ways of studying, analyzing and theorizing language and life in Scandinavia and beyond.</p> <p>We publish all our papers online. Hosted by the The Roayl Danish Library in Denmark, our journal provides <strong>free and open access</strong> &nbsp;to all our publications. This is an important value for us. In a world that is increasingly sealing off research behind paywalls, we are committed to providing access to researchers and students across Scandinavia and the world.</p> <p><strong>Our vision</strong> is to connect Scandinavia and the world through the publication of papers and special issues that bring together multiple perspectives and traditions. We encourage shared linguistic explorations of topical issues. Current examples are an issue on language in the Norwegian TV-series Skam and an issue on the social life of interjections.</p> <p><strong>Would you like to be a guest editor for a special issue?</strong></p> <p>Please contact one of the editors-in-chief (see below) with your proposal for a special issue. Also, if you are organizing or hosting a workshop, panel and conference on a topic relevant to <em>Scandinavian Studies in Language</em>, you are welcome to contact us to discuss in advance if we would be interested in cooperating with you in publishing the papers in a special issue.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> en-US <p style="margin: 0cm 0cm 0pt;"><span style="font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small;">Skandinaviske Sprogstudier følger dansk ophavsret.</span></p> (Ulf Dalvad Berthelsen) (Ulf Dalvad Berthelsen) Wed, 30 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 OJS 60 The Grammar of Giants <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>It is a common process of language change for free morphemes to become bound morphemes, but the inverse process (termed ‘debonding’ by Norde 2009) is much rarer. Previous studies have found that lexemes with the original meaning ‘giant’ (German Riesen, Dutch reuze) have historically grammaticalized as prefixes, and subsequently debonded into free morphemes with the same bleached meaning as the prefixes (Van Goethem &amp; Hiligsmann 2014; Norde &amp; Van Goethem 2014). Using a synchronic corpus of written Danish (KorpusDK), this paper shows that the Danish word kæmpe, originally ‘giant’, is in the late stages of a similar process of debonding. By investigating the morphological and syntactic patterning of kæmpe, the paper shows that kæmpe has indeed debonded, and occurs as a free-standing semantically bleached adjective, but that it does not yet exhibit fully prototypical adjectival behavior. All three functions of kæmpe remain in use: a noun with the specific meaning ‘giant’, a semantically bleached prefix, and a corresponding semantically bleached adjective. This would argue against an account relying on abrupt category change, and it is proposed that kæmpe has reached its current status through gradual analogy-driven change.</p> </div> </div> </div> Rasmus Puggaard Copyright (c) 2020 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100 Singular de and its referential use in talk-in-interaction <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>The Danish pronoun <em>de</em> and its inflections are traditionally described as 3rd person plural, but, as this article demonstrates, it is also used as a gender neutral 3rd person singular pronoun. As this pronoun – termed singular <em>de</em> – has not been documented or described in the literature thus far, the purpose of this article is to provide a grammatical description and analysis of singular <em>de</em> and its referential use in interaction. This is based on 104 occurrences of singular de in naturally occurring conversation. It is found that singular de is used with both generic and specific reference, and that interlocutors may use singular de to avoid indexing gender and orienting to it as a relevant topic in talk-in- interaction (gender-unspecified reference) or to index the referent’s gender as neither male nor female (gender-specified reference). The article also parallels between singular <em>de</em> and English singular <em>they</em>, as well as sociolinguistic variation in the use of singular de which could be topics for future studies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Ehm Hjorth Miltersen Copyright (c) 2020 Tue, 15 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0100