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Project: A diachronic study of pragmatic markers in English. Fundamental research into sematic development and grammaticalization by means of a corpus study

01-OCT-03 – 30-SEP-08

By means of a detailed historical corpus study, this project will trace the semantic and pragmatic development of four pragmatic markers (now, well, you know and I mean). The study will aim to map the diachronic processes of grammaticalization and subjectification of each particle, as well as their range of pragmatic (textual and expressive) functions.