Inferential processes in English and the question whether English has modal particles

Kerstin Fischer, Maiken Heide

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Abstract

In this paper, we ask whether English pragmatic markers may evoke similar inferential processes in discourse as German modal particles, studying alright/all right, already and then in more detail. Moreover, we investigate whether specific formal features are associated with these uses and thus whether there is any evidence for a productive modal particle category that can serve as a guideline for the creation and interpretation of modal particle uses of English pragmatic markers. Our analysis shows that even though evidence for a schematic modal particle construction is not conclusive, modal particle uses of pragmatic markers may be potentially widespread in English, and the inferential processes involved may be similar across languages.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen Linguistics
Volume4
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)509-535
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31. Dec 2018

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Keywords

  • construction grammar
  • modal particles
  • pragmatic markers

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In: Open Linguistics, Vol. 4, No. 1, 31.12.2018, p. 509-535.

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