Article published in:Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: Categorization and description
Edited by Liesbeth Degand, Bert Cornillie and Paola Pietrandrea
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 234] 2013
► pp. 133–162
Modal particles: Problems in defining a category
This contribution addresses the problems of defining and delineating the category of modal particles and determining its relation to other word classes. The paper first presents the most important points of discussion, mainly at the form level, and subsequently attempts to come to grips with this apparently problematic situation by referring to the notions of prototypicality, granularity, and conceptualization. Rather than fully resolving the categorial problem, these notions serve as a tool to better understand discussion and how it should be approached. The argumentation is primarily based on the situation in German, but a brief comparison to French is included.
Published online: 14 November 2013
Cited by 2 other publications
Ivanov, Vladimir Dmitrievich
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