Grammaticalization and Language Change

Grammaticalization and Language Change

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eBook - 2012
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This study focuses on "the many careers of negative polarity items", taking a diachronic perspective on NPIs in general and on scalar NPIs in particular. Its main thesis is that scalar NPIs are prototypical NPIs. The downward entailing contexts of NPIs can be explained and made cognitively accessible by the pragmatic mechanisms associated with scalar NPIs, viz. the capacity to evoke alternatives (ALT) and the scalar interpretation of these alternatives (SCALE). NPIs with standard contexts of distribution are, or are otherwise tied to, scalar expressions, while NPIs with an idiosyncratic range.
Publisher: Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2012
ISBN: 9789027273239
9027273235
9789027205971
9027205973
9781283895347
128389534X
9027273235
Characteristics: 1 online resource (350 pages)

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