University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics


Aniko Csirmaz


The basic question this paper addresses is the semantic characterization of repetitive again, other repetitives in English, and some of their crosslinguistic equivalents in Hungarian. The properties considered here include the denotation, possible scope and the possible positions where such adver- bials can appear. The major goal is to expand the range of adverbials considered. Standardly, it is only again, or a default repetitive in some other language that is considered, possibly along with a prefixal variant (e.g. re- in English, as in Keyser and Roeper 1992). This paper expands the typological coverage of repetitives (see, among others, Beck 2005 and Lechner et al. 2015). It is argued that repetitive adverbs show variation in meaning, and also considerable variation in scope and possible positions, which can differ from the variation previously described in the literature. It is suggested that such variation does not necessarily follow from independent factors, but it must be stipulated for each repetitive in question.