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The Evolution of Pragmatic Markers in English : Pathways of Change

Author: Laurel J Brinton
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
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This is a detailed diachronic study of a set of English pragmatic markers, providing insights concerning their syntactic and semantic development.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)986237325
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Laurel J Brinton
ISBN: 110832813X 9781108328135 9781108328333 1108328334 9781316416013 1316416011
OCLC Number: 1000393914
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Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Table of contents; List of figures; List of tables; Preface; Abbreviations; 1 Pragmatic Markers: Synchronic and Diachronic; 1.1 Introduction; 1.2 Pragmatic Markers: Definition and Functions; 1.2.1 Definition of Pragmatic Markers; 1.2.2 Definition of Pragmatic Parentheticals; 1.2.3 Functions of Pragmatic Markers; 1.3 Problems for the Diachronic Study of Pragmatic Markers; 1.4 Pathways for the Development of Pragmatic Markers; 1.4.1 Syntactic Pathways; 1.4.1.1 From Lexical Item to Pragmatic Marker 1.4.1.2 From Clausal Construction to Pragmatic Marker1.4.1.3 From Clausal Construction to Pragmatic Marker: AdverbialComment Clauses.; 1.4.2 Semantic Pathways; 1.5 Processes of Change; 1.5.1 Grammaticalization; 1.5.2 Lexicalization; 1.5.3 Pragmaticalization; 1.5.4 Grammaticalization, Lexicalization, or Pragmaticalization?; 1.5.5 "Cooptation"; 1.6 Contents and Organization of the Book; Part I From Lexical Item to Pragmatic Marker; 2 Old English Hwæt; 2.1 Introduction; 2.2 Hwæt as an Interjection; 2.2.1 Counterarguments to Hwæt as an Interjection; 2.3 Exclamatory Hwæt in Verse 2.3.1 Contexts of Occurrence of Hwæt in Verse2.3.2 Meaning of Hwæt in Verse; 2.3.2.1 Comparison with You Know in Present-Day English.; 2.3.2.2 Functions of Hwæt.; 2.3.2.3 Evidential Implications of Hwæt.; 2.3.2.4 Hwæt as a Degree Modifier?; 2.4 Exclamatory Hwæt in Prose; 2.4.1 Uses of hwæt þa; 2.4.2 Functions of hwæt þa; 2.4.3 Comparison with So in Present-Day English; 2.5 Combinations of Hwæt with Interjections; 2.6 Later History of Exclamatory What; 2.7 The Development of What; 2.8 Conclusion; 3 Middle English Whilom; 3.1 Introduction; 3.2 Traugott's Account of While 3.3 The Evolution of Whilom3.3.1 From Predicate Adverb to Sentential Adverb and Pragmatic Marker; 3.3.2 From Adverb to Adjective; 3.4 Accounting for the Change; 3.4.1 Aspects of Unidirectionality; 3.4.2 Possible Explanations for the Directionality of Changes in Whilom; 3.4.2.1 Degrammaticalization.; 3.4.2.2 Lexicalization.; 3.4.2.3 Word Formation.; 3.4.2.4 Gradience.; 3.5 Conclusion; 4 Modern English Only and If Only; 4.1 Introduction; 4.2 Conjunctive Only in Present-Day English; 4.2.1 'Adversative' vs. 'Exceptive' Uses; 4.2.2 Comparison with But That, Except That, and Save That 4.2.3 Only as a Pragmatic Marker4.3 The Development of Only; 4.3.1 The Rise of Conjunctive Uses; 4.3.2 Grammaticalization; 4.4 If Only; 4.4.1 Insubordinated Clauses; 4.4.2 Development of If Only; 4.5 Conclusion; Part II From Clausal Construction to Pragmatic Marker; 5 Epistemic Parentheticals; 5.1 Introduction; 5.2 First-Person Epistemic Parentheticals in Present-Day English; 5.2.1 Epistemic Meaning; 5.2.2 Subjective Meaning; 5.2.3 Evidential Meaning; 5.2.4 Interpersonal Meaning; 5.3 The History of Epistemic Parentheticals: Review of Previous Studies; 5.3.1 Excursus on Wierzbicka (2006)
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