How to do things with junk:Exaptation in language evolution

Roger Lass


Consider the interpretation of the sentences in (1)-(3) below.

( 1 ) (a) John sneezed.
(b) John played on the beach.

(2 ) (a) John sneezed freguently.
(b) John often played on the beach.

(3 ) (a) John sneezed for two hours/years.
(b) John played on the beach for two hours / years.

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