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Author König, Ekkehard.

Title The Meaning of Focus Particles : a Comparative Perspective
Edition 1st ed
Published Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, 2002
©2005
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Contents Book Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- 1.1 SCOPE AND GOALS OF THE PRESENT STUDY -- 1.2. BACKGROUND OF RESEARCH -- 2 Syntax -- 2.1. GENERAL SYNTACTIC PROPERTIES -- 2.2. SOME CROSS-LINGUISTIC OBSERVATIONS -- 2.3. CONSTRAINTS ON THE PLACEMENT OF FOCUS PARTICLES -- 2.3.1. English -- 2.3.2. German -- 3 The meaning of focus particles: an overview -- 3.1. FOCUS AND SCOPE -- 3.2. ALTERNATIVES -- 3.3 SCALES -- 3.4. EVALUATION -- 3.5. SCOPE -- 3.6. ENTAILMENTS, PRESUPPOSITIONS AND CONVENTIONAL IMPLICATURES -- 3.7. SENSE RELATIONS -- 3.8. CONCLUDING REMARKS -- 4 Additive particles -- 4.1. SIMPLE INCLUSION -- 4.2. SCALAR ADDITIVE PARTICLES -- 4.2.1 The meaning of even -- 4.2.2. Further lexical differentiations -- 4.2.3. Scalar additive particles in conditional and concessive sentences -- 4.3. SCALAR ADDITIVE PARTICLES AND EMPHATIC REFLEXIVES -- 4.4. PARTICULARISERS -- 5 Exclusive particles -- 5.1. EXCLUDING THE COMPLEMENT -- 5.1.1. Scalar and non-scalar uses -- 5.1.2 Evaluation -- 5.1.3. Problems of scope -- 5.1.4. Exclusive particles and adversative conjunctions -- 5.2 TEMPORAL SCALES AND EXCLUSION -- 5.2.1. Basic properties -- 5.2.2. Use types -- 'Imperfective' use -- 'Perfective' use -- 5.2.3. 'Retrospective' use -- 5.3. EXCLUSION BY METALINGUISTIC MEANS -- 6 Identical values in conflicting roles -- 6.1. EMPHATIC ASSERTION OF IDENTITY -- 6.2 CONFLICTING ROLES -- 6.3. HISTORICAL EVIDENCE -- 7 Focus particles and phase quantification -- 7.1. NOCH AND SCHON AS ASPECTUAL OPERATORS -- 7.2. PERFECTIVE AND ADDITIVE USES OF NOCH -- 7.3. THE DISTRIBUTION AND HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF STILL, ALREADY AND YET IN ENGLISH -- 7.4. FOCUS PARTICLES AS PHASE QUANTIFIERS -- 8 Historical aspects -- 8.1. ETYMOLOGY AND HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT
8.1.1. Notional domains and subclasses of focus particles -- Additive particles -- Scalar additive particles -- Exclusive (restrictive) particles -- 8.1.2. Grammaticalisation -- 8.2. MODAL PARTICLES -- 8.2.1. Problems and previous analyses -- 8.2.2 Modal particles as metapragmatic instructions -- 9 Overview and further prospects -- Notes -- References -- Subject index -- Index of proper names -- Index of languages
Summary Focus particles (words such as even, only, also) play an important role in English, in various syntactic and semantic domains, but their characteristics pose numerous problems for current syntactic frameworks and semantic theories. This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the syntax, meaning and use of focus particles and related function words in English and many other languages. It also provides a historical perspective on their development
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Subject Grammar, Comparative and general -- Function words.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Particles.
Semantics.
Typology (Linguistics)
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Function words.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Particles.
Semantics.
Typology (Linguistics)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203212282
9780203212288