Article published in:South Slavic Discourse Particles
Edited by Mirjana N. Dedaić and Mirjana Mišković-Luković
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 197] 2010
► pp. 45–63
3. Kamo, an attitudinal pragmatic marker of Macedonian
Exploring the properties of the Macedonian pragmatic marker kamo in six types of linguistic structure within the relevance-theoretic framework, Sévigny demonstrates that kamo is an indicator of the speaker’s dissociative attitude towards a belief in the hearer’s ability and willingness to perform a certain action. In this way, kamo is defined as encoding procedural information and contributing to the explicit side of communication by signaling the formation of an interpretive, higher-level explicature. The data for Sévigny’s paper were collected in the Egyptian-Macedonian speech community in Canada. This inimitable speech community is composed of immigrants and second and third generation Macedonian-Canadians who have remarkably preserved spoken fluency in the Macedonian variant of their parents.
Published online: 19 May 2010