How recent is recent? On overcoming interpretational difficulties

in The Changing Face of Corpus Linguistics
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In this paper, the words recent and recently are shown to be ambiguous between the meanings of ‘not long before the present time’ and ‘not long before the time of the event described’. The ambiguity can be resolved in various ways, four of which are illustrated and discussed. It is claimed that the disambiguation phenomenon sheds some light on the more general process of textual interpretation and comprehension.

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