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Evidential language in Internet forums

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Abstract

This article analyses the function of the multiword lexeme ya me dirás tú as used in Internet forums. We defend the notion that ya me dirás tú is a highly polyphonic discourse marker. Its function is evidential as of the moment in which the speaker uses this unit to present a subjective appraisal as a logical truth within the framework of an assertion. We therefore focus on evidentiality from not only a lexical but also a textual-discursive standpoint. Internet forums are the ideal type of text for studying a unit like ya me dirás tú, which is typically used in colloquial language.

Keywords: appraisals; discourse markers; evidentiality; internet forums; intersubjectivity; polyphony

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 28, 2018

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