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A Usage-based Study of the Polarity Sensitive Any in English

  • 인문논총
  • 2014, 33(), pp.88-111
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Published : February 28, 2014

Taeho Kim 1

1부산대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study is concerned with the discussion of the polarity sensitive item any in English, particularlyits semantic and functional shift from count noun to non-count noun. In this study, we show, using COHAcorpus, that the polarity sensitive any appears more frequently in 2000s English corpus than in 1800s Englishcorpus. We also find that the polarity sensitive any may be licensed by overt negation, but it is also by a varietyof covert markers of negation, especially in 2000s English corpus. Both count and non-count nouns can appearas a complement of the polarity sensitive any in either corpus, but the polarity sensitive any is more likely to beused with non-count nouns, especially in 2000s English corpus. Finally, we discuss a variety of conditions on licensingpolarity sensitive any, based on previous accounts, and then we point out that such accounts reveal to beproblematic in several respects.

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