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Title: The Imperative of Say as a Pragmatic Marker in English and Dutch
Author: Daniël Van Olmen
Institution: North-West University Potchefstroom
Linguistic Field: Historical Linguistics; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: This article examines the imperative of say as a pragmatic marker in English and Dutch. Present-day say and zeg ‘say’ are contrasted on the basis of comparable corpus data. This comparison, together with additional diachronic data, serves as input for a study of the typical developments of the imperative of say as a pragmatic marker. Further-more, on the basis of a wider range of European and other languages, the article explores the possibility of the developments in English and Dutch being an areal phenomenon.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 25, Issue 3.

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