The evolution of pragmatic markers in English : pathways of change
Based on a rich set of historical data, this book traces the development of pragmatic markers in English, from hwæt in Old English and whilom in Middle English to whatever and I'm just saying in present-day English. Laurel J. Brinton carefully maps the syntactic origins and development of these...
Cambridge University Press
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- Synchronic and diachronic
- From Lexical Item to Pragmatic Marker
- From Clausal Construction to Pragmatic Marker
- Concluding remarks: Pathways of change