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The Semantics of Optionality
For every participant role filler in an utterance, speakers must choose to leave it bare (e.g., "the interviewer") or to modify it (e.g., "the interviewer on Fresh Air"). Their decision is the end result of a combination ...
A corpus-based study of change and variation in much, many, far and often as Negative Polarity Items
This dissertation takes a corpus-based approach to the diachronic development of the multal quantifiers and scalar adverbs much, many, far and often as Negative Polarity Items (NPIs) in English. NPIs are words or expressions ...