On the Dutch temporal adverbial goed en wel

Jack Hoeksema, Ton van der Wouden

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    Abstract

    The paper investigates the origin, the development, the semantics and the pragmatics of the temporal use of the Dutch expression goed en wel 'good and well'. We argue that the expression has developed from a meaning “safe and sound” into an indicator of the end of a preparatory phase or transition
    period, as well as a marker of the beginning of a new state. We observe that temporal goed en wel always requires a secondary state of affairs that is temporally related to the transition point initiating he tprimary state of affairs, and we show that the expression is increasingly being employed for rhetorical purposes
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)90-102
    Number of pages13
    JournalLinguistics in the Netherlands
    Volume37
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct-2020

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