The pragmatics of grand in Irish English

  title={The pragmatics of grand in Irish English},
  author={R. Hickey},
  journal={Journal of Historical Pragmatics},
  • R. Hickey
  • Published 2017
  • History
  • Journal of Historical Pragmatics
Over the past two centuries, the use of the adjective grand underwent a specific semantic expansion in Irish English. Apart from the meaning of ‘displaying grandeur’, the adjective came to mean ‘fine’, ‘alright’ and ‘in good form’, both as an expression of the speaker’s situation and as a reference to that of the addressee. This development can be shown to represent a case of subjectification, as described seminally by Elizabeth Traugott in various publications (e.g., Traugott 1995 ), with the… Expand
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