This paper discusses a special use of the Dutch adverb helemaal 'wholly, entirely as a discourse-sensitive scalar adverb with a meaning resembling English especially, against the background of a more general discussion of scalarity and various types of scale-sensitive expressions in natural language. The discourse-sensitive use of helemaal is compared and contrasted with more common uses of helemaal as a mereological quantifier and as an adverb of degree. It is speculated that the discourse-sensitive use of helemaal first originated in negative sentences. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Tijdschrift||Journal of Pragmatics|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||11|
|Status||Published - sep.-2011|