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Title:‘Be going to’ and ‘will’: a monosemous account
Abstract:This paper provides an account of 'be going to' and 'will' within the framework of Relevance Theory (Sperber & Wilson, 1986, 1995). Because of the range of interpretations derived from the use of these expressions in different contexts, many previous accounts have characterized them as polysemous. This polysemy has been attributed to semantic retention, whereby both old (lexical) and new (grammaticalized) meanings are recovered in certain contexts. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate: (i) that although 'be going to' does exhibit semantic retention, in a relevance-theoretic framework this does not entail polysemy, and (ii) that interpretations of 'will' previously attributed to semantic retention are, in fact, pragmatically derived, and hence 'will' is also monosemous.
Contributor (author):Nicolle, Steve
Date (W3CDTF):1998
Description:This article can be found online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1360674300000861
Description (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/52379
Extent:pages 223-243
Identifier (URI):http://www.sil.org/resources/archives/52379
Is Part Of:English Language and Linguistics
Language (ISO639):eng
Subject:English language
semantics; pragmatics
Subject (ISO639):eng
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (OLAC):language_description


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Citation: Nicolle, Steve. 1998. English Language and Linguistics.
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