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Focus particles play an important role in English in a variety of syntactic and semantic domains. This ten-year study presents a comprehensive analysis of the syntax, meaning and use of focus particles and related function words. It combines an in-depth examination of English with a comparative study of many other languages, in search of cross-linguistic typological generalizations. The book also provides a historical perspective on focus particles, by examining their diachronic sources and the relevant process of grammaticalization. This illuminates the current usage of these expressions in English and the comparable regularities and patterns of variation in other languages.