Salkie, Raphael (2007) Connectives, modals and prototypes: a study of 'rather' In: Celle, Agnès and Gresset, Stéphane, eds. Connectives as discourse landmarks. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 15-30. ISBN 9789027254047Full text not available from this repository.
Few words both function as a connective and express modality, but rather seems to do so; it can also be used as a degree modifier. We show that the different uses of rather each have their own puzzling properties, using examples from BNC Baby. Previous attempts to explain what the different uses have in common are few and limited in scope. Using a prototype approach to connectives and modality, we argue that in all its uses, rather serves to narrow down the possible interpretations of an utterance. It is this pragmatic function, rather than a shared underlying meaning, which links the different uses. We also illustrate the development of rather into a verb in some varieties of English.
|Item Type:||Chapter in book|
|Subjects:||Q000 Languages and Literature - Linguistics and related subjects|
|Faculties:||Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities|
|Depositing User:||Languages Editor|
|Date Deposited:||13 Feb 2008|
|Last Modified:||21 Oct 2014 15:36|
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