The diachronic semantics of English again

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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Beck, S., Gergel, R. The diachronic semantics of English again . Nat Lang Semantics 23, 157–203 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11050-015-9111-2

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