Department of Linguistics

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Intensifiers: dead cool?

We all like to boost (or intensify) the force of our adjectives (and other words), so words like 'very' and 'really' (intensifiers) get used a lot, and then lose their force as people get used to hearing them. This means that the words people choose as intensifiers tend to change quite quickly. You could investigate variation and change in intensifiers in several ways.

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