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ERIC Number: ED380998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 10
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The Contextual Nature of "Even" and "Only."
Szwedek, Aleksander
English Studies 1, v203 p89-96 1990
An analysis of the English lexical items "even" and "only" looks at features of their behavior in discourse and brings attention to certain unexamined aspects of their role in text. Their syntactic behavior is reviewed and some problems with previous interpretations are examined. The features of "even" are defined: (1) "even" connects the element it associates with, with the element (set) of the same category mentioned in the preceding context; (2) "even" signals that the element it associates with joins the set of elements mentioned in the preceding context (a feature or element is added); and (3) "even" has negative implications with regard to the element it associates with, in that it implies that what the element does exceeds its normal state and would not normally be the case under the present circumstances. The features of "only" are defined: (1) same as "even"; (2) "only" signals that the element it associates with does not belong to the set given in the preceding context (a feature or element is removed from the set); and (3) "only" has a negative implication with respect to the element it associates with, in that it implies that the element (now constituting a set of its own) must not exceed its limits. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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