Focus on again

Linguistics and Philosophy 29 (3):277 - 314 (2005)


This paper examines the effect that focus has on repetitive versus restitutive again. It is argued that a pragmatic explanation of the effect is the right strategy. The explanation builds largely on a standard focus semantics. To this we add an anaphoric analysis of again’s presupposition and a detailed analysis of the alternatives triggered when focus falls on again

Download options


    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 72,879

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

136 (#88,523)

6 months
1 (#386,001)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

References found in this work

Presuppositions.Robert Stalnaker - 1973 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 2 (4):447 - 457.
A Theory of Focus Interpretation.Mats Rooth - 1992 - Natural Language Semantics 1 (1):75-116.

View all 9 references / Add more references

Citations of this work

The Diachronic Semantics of English Again.Sigrid Beck & Remus Gergel - 2015 - Natural Language Semantics 23 (3):157-203.
A Scalar Analysis ofAgain-Ambiguities.Walter A. Pedersen - 2015 - Journal of Semantics 32 (3):373-424.
Readings of scalar particles: noch / still.Sigrid Beck - 2020 - Linguistics and Philosophy 43 (1):1-67.

Add more citations