Chapter in:Pragmatic Markers and Peripheries
Edited by Daniël Van Olmen and Jolanta Šinkūnienė
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 325] 2021
► pp. 416–447
A cross-linguistic look at the right periphery
Utterance-final pragmatic markers in English, Spanish and Lithuanian
This paper compares the formal and functional features of two sets of English, Spanish and Lithuanian pragmatic markers, one of linking adverbials (then, entonces, tada) and another of evidential adverbials (obviously, evidentemente, aišku). The study deals with the contribution of the right periphery occurrences of the markers to the utterances that they modify, considering the illocutionary, propositional, subjective and interpersonal levels. It also compares this contribution to that of the same markers in other positions. The higher frequency of the markers in the right periphery correlates with their distribution in a wider range of speech acts and with their semantic domain. Across the three languages, the linking adverbials are more common in the right periphery than the evidential adverbials.
Keywords: right periphery, left periphery, cross-linguistic, relational, interpersonal, speech act, inferential evidentiality