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Natural Language Semantics

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 157–203 | Cite as

The diachronic semantics of English again

  • Sigrid Beck
  • Remus Gergel
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Abstract

This paper explores the diachronic development of the English adverb again. A compositional semantic analysis of its grammar at various stages is provided. It is argued that this analysis must consist of a staging of first a lexical and then a structural change, in order to adequately model the sequence of individual developmental steps observed in the historical corpus data, and that it provides an insight into pathways of semantic change in general.

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Again Diachronic semantics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universität TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Universität GrazGrazAustria

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