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The hell in English grammar
Isabelle Haïk
eBook Edition: 2011

The hell is an expression of emotion that does not participate in the descriptive content of its clause, which raises the question of its integration in the syntax of its clause and the way its interpretation is obtained in the compositional semantic computation of the utterance it appears in. We will focus our attention on two particular contexts, characterized by the fact that the hell occurs before a predicate. In such sentences, the hell expresses that the speaker feels the emotion causing her/him to exclaim “hell!”, that emotion being caused either by the intensity of the utterance situation, stressful or exciting, etc., or by the intensity of the event, depending on whether hell takes as its argument the utterance situation or the event. (From Author)

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Introduction - The data - The analysis - Miscellaneous remarks – Conclusion – References

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