Keith Allan

List of John Benjamins publications for which Keith Allan plays a role.


Healthcare professionals can normally assume that their patients are rational people and approach verbal interaction with the patient as they would with any fellow human being. Common ground is context shared between S (speaker, writer, signer) and H (audience) where S utters U (utterance),… read more
Allan, Keith 2022 General semanticsHandbook of Pragmatics: Manual, Verschueren, Jef and Jan-Ola Östman (eds.), pp. 652–656 | Chapter
Allan, Keith 2022 Obscenity, slurs, and tabooHandbook of Pragmatics: 24th Annual Installment, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 220–233 | Chapter
Allan, Keith 2019 PragmemesHandbook of Pragmatics: 22nd Annual Installment, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 199–202 | Chapter
Allan, Keith 2013 Common groundHandbook of Pragmatics: 2013 Installment, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 1–26 | Article
Allan, Keith 2012 3. The semantics of the perfect progressive in EnglishSpace and Time in Languages and Cultures: Linguistic diversity, Filipović, Luna and Katarzyna M. Jaszczolt (eds.), pp. 53–72 | Article
As chapters in these volumes clearly demonstrate, the grammaticalization of temporality varies enormously across languages. No other language has a construction exactly like the English perfect progressive – which, were it a combination of aspects as some claim, would be self-contradictory. The… read more
Allan, Keith 2011 General semanticsPragmatics in Practice, Östman, Jan-Ola and Jef Verschueren (eds.), pp. 153–158 | Article
Allan, Keith and Kate Burridge 2009 SwearingComparative Studies in Australian and New Zealand English: Grammar and beyond, Peters, Pam, Peter Collins and Adam Smith (eds.), pp. 359–384 | Article
In this chapter, we provide an account of antipodean swearing patterns, drawing on examples from existing written and spoken data banks. As part of this investigation, we consider general questions to do with swearing: what it is, why speakers do it and how swearing patterns have changed over the… read more
Allan, Keith 1999 The semantics of English quantifiersThe Clause in English: In honour of Rodney Huddleston, Collins, Peter and David Lee (eds.), pp. 1 ff. | Article
Allan, Keith 1998 On the semantic frames of be and possessive haveCase, Typology and Grammar: In honor of Barry J. Blake, Siewierska, Anna and Jae Jung Song (eds.), pp. 1 ff. | Article
Allan, Keith 1995 General semanticsHandbook of Pragmatics: Manual, Verschueren, Jef, Jan-Ola Östman and Jan Blommaert † (eds.), pp. 307–311 | Article