Intensifying adverbs in the English language

EVGENIYA V. ZHIBER and LARISA V. KOROTINA

The article provides an analysis of various aspects of intensification in the English language (colloquial and newspaper), intensifying adverbs in particular. The processes of grammaticalisation and delexicalisation observed in the evolution of intensifying adverbs are described. The author also looks into the renewal and boundedness of intensifying adverbs, provides an overview of modern classifications of intensifying adverbs, and offers statistics on the frequency of occurrence of intensifying adverbs to illustrate their usage in spoken discourse and newspaper language. The findings assume that less intensification is used in written discourse whereas more intensification is employed in spoken discourse, which suggests that the decline in intensification is higher as the formality of the register increases, and vice versa.

KEYWORDS: intensification, intensifying adverb, grammaticalisation, delexicalisation, spoken discourse, newspaper language

EVGENIYA V. ZHIBER. Postgraduate student in the Dpt of English Grammar and History, Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia). Research interests cover pragmatics, discourse analysis, and text analysis.

LARISA V. KOROTINA. Senior Lecturer in the Dpt of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Economics, Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University). Research interests cover business communication, pragmatics and sociolinguistics.

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