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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: October 2019

Chapter 4 - Are Comparative Modals Converging or Diverging in English? Different Answers from the Perspectives of Grammaticalisation and Constructionalisation

from Part I - Approaches to Grammatical Categories and Categorial Change


In the last few years several papers have appeared on the synchrony and diachrony of the ‘comparative modal’ (had/‘d) better, inspired by Denison and Cort (2010), which pays particular attention to the rise of ‘bare’ better, as in You better go. Van der Auwera et al. (2013) provide extensive statistical analysis of British and American usage of ‘d better and its variants.

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