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...

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Main Author: Brinton, Laurel J.
Format: eBook
Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2017
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Collection: Cambridge Books Online - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Synchronic and diachronic
  • From Lexical Item to Pragmatic Marker
  • From Clausal Construction to Pragmatic Marker
  • Concluding remarks: Pathways of change