Discourse scalarity: The case of Dutch helemaal

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    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.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)2810-2825
    Aantal pagina's16
    TijdschriftJournal of Pragmatics
    Nummer van het tijdschrift11
    StatusPublished - sep.-2011

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