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Title: 'Almost' in Early and Late Modern English: Turning on the Parametric Screw (But Not Tightly Enough to Change a Parameter)
Author(s): Gergel, Remus
Nickles, Sarah
Editor(s): Gattnar, Anja
Hörnig, Robin
Störzer, Melanie
Featherston, Sam
Language: English
Title: Proceedings of Linguistic Evidence 2018 - Experimental Data Drives Linguistic Theory
Startpage: 282
Endpage: 293
Publisher/Platform: Universität Tübingen
Year of Publication: 2019
Place of publication: Tübingen
Title of the Conference: Linguistic Evidence 2018
Place of the conference: Tübingen, Germany
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: This contribution investigates the decompositional behavior of ‘almost’ in Early and Late Modern English (EModE/LModE), i.e.: whether the adverb is able to modify result states of predicates to which it attaches, in addition to the default possibility of modifying the meaning of the entire events. ‘Almost’ is found to be decompositional in EModE at a time when ‘again’ was not truly so (Beck & Gergel, 2015; Gergel & Beck, 2015). This supports the view that decompositionality is primarily a lexical property. The trajectory of the decompositional behavior in EModE and LModE is, however, complicated by a series of factors, and some possible tendencies towards its decline are observed.
DOI of the first publication: 10.15496/publikation-32610
Link to this record: hdl:20.500.11880/30108
Date of registration: 30-Nov-2020
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Anglistik, Amerikanistik und Anglophone Kulturen
Professorship: P - Prof. Dr. Remus Gergel
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