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Overstreet, Maryann. 2014. The role of pragmatic function in the grammaticalization of English general extenders. Pragmatics 24 (1) : 105–129.
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This paper uses a newer version of the grammaticalization framework to explore to what degree English general extenders have generated meanings that can be labelled subjective (speaker-oriented) and intersubjective (addressee-oriented). In this development, the extenders have become employed as hedges on informativeness and precision expectancies, and as signs of positive and negative politeness strategies. It is argued that pragmatic functions play a vital role in the linguistic changes linked to grammaticalization.