Literature Review on Negative Emotive Intensifiers in English

Yuxuan CHANG, Bin SHAO


Negative Emotive Intensifiers are the group of English adverbs originally expressing negative emotions but later having intensifying functions. This paper concludes previous studies of Negative Emotive Intensifiers and makes some suggestions for further studies. Firstly, it analyzes the definition and classification of NEIs, finding that previous studies tend to integrate NEIs into intensifiers without considering their emotive features. Then, it claims from two aspects, synchronic perspective and diachronic perspective. Finally, suggestions are explored in detail.


Negative Emotive Intensifiers; Definition; Synchronic study; Diachronic study

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