Re v ie w s 979 Discourse-pragmatic variation in context: e ight hundred years of like. By Alexan- dra D’Arcy. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2017. Pp. xx, 235. is BN 9789027259523. $143 (Hb). Reviewed by Joseph Salmons, University of Wisconsin–Madison A lot of linguists work now on popular issues, questions about language that will appeal to the general public. in that sense, this slim volume treats a distinctly unpopular topic, like as it is used for discourse-pragmatic purposes, something constantly decried by nonlinguists and only incom- pletely understood by linguists, certainly until now. That said, Alexandra D’Arcy’s Discourse- pragmatic variation in context: Eight hundred years of LIKE is a weighty and consequential work for a wide range of audiences. i first give an overview of the book’s contents and then move on to some more evaluative remarks. The ‘introduction’ (Ch. 1, pp. 1–33) surveys the many uses of like. Just the ‘unremarkable’ uses are rich: verb (‘to like something’), adjective (‘of like minds’), noun (likes and dislikes), preposition (‘like a dog’), on to conjunction, comparative complementizer, and suffix. To this, D adds five more uses, listed here with her labels and characterizations plus one of her examples: • Approximative adverb
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Published: Dec 19, 2018
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