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Corum, Claudia. 1974. Adverbs ... long and tangled roots. Papers from the Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society 10 : 90–102.
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C. shows that evaluative adverbs (such as 'clearly', 'presumably', 'surprisingly') do not only share syntactic properties but also have a common function: they are one of several linguistic means by which a speaker introduces a comment into the total speech act. The pragmatic factors associated with their usage have to be represented as part of their meaning, which is possible if one accepts the performative hypothesis.