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Title: ‘Be Going to’ and ‘Will’: A monosemous account
Author: Steve Nicolle
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Institution: Canada Institute of Linguistics
Linguistic Field: Pragmatics; Semantics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper provides an account of 'be going to' and 'will' from a relevance-theoretic perspective. 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 semantc retention, whereby both old (lexical) and new (grammaticalized) meanings are recovered in certain contexts. This paper demonstrates (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, pragmaticallhy derived, and hence 'will' is also monsemous.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: English Language and Linguistics 2: 223-243.
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